Kennesaw State Women's Lacrosse Makes History, Defeats Howard 14-13 for Program's First Win

The Kennesaw State women's lacrosse team defeated Howard University on April 12 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, marking the young team's first win.

The Owls defeated Atlantic Sun Conference rival Howard, 14-13, thanks in large part to the offensive firepower of junior Emily Collins and freshman Senneca Ward and the stellar goalkeeping of freshman goalie Beth Cochran.

Collins tallied a program-record seven goals and Ward equaled a career-best with six scores, while Cochran established a career-high with 14 saves.

Kennesaw State (1-7, 1-1) recorded several firsts in the game, including: first halftime lead, largest lead and first come-from-behind victory.

“It was really exiting. It was a team win tonight. Everyone contributed, everybody did their part and really pushed to get us to the win,” head coach Kristina Llanes said. “Our main goal was to possess the ball and to make sure to take the scoring opportunities away from them. Our offense was able to execute that very well tonight.”

The Owls withstood a late rally by the Bison (1-13, 0-2), who scored four straight goals to tie the score at 13:13 with 1:35 remaining before Collins scored the game-winner with 1:05 to play.

“I just fought to get the ball. ... I knew we just needed to win by one,” Collins said. “When I had that clear shot, when the (defender) fell down on the ground I knew I just wanted to take that goalie down.”

While Collins and Ward were helping the offense set a single-game record for most goals scored, Cochran and the defense limited Howard to an opponent-low 13 goals.

“Defensively, we were strong in the crash. When the ball was coming we had pretty good ideal what they were doing offensively, so defensively were able to adjust our game and figure out how to come out with a win,” Cochran said.

The victory puts Kennesaw State in position to advance to the A-Sun Conference Championship tournament that will be held April 26-28 in Jacksonville, Fla. The league is comprised of five teams and the top four in the final regular-season standings qualify for the tournament.

The Owls' next opponents are the Titans of the University of Detroit Mercy on Sunday, April 21.