STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's lacrosse team ended its season with a 16-15 home victory over Waynesburg Tuesday.
"I told them that it's not over until it's over," FUS head coach Maura Conant said. "I said, 'Lady Barons keep your head in this game. You have to play the full 60 minutes.' We were able to keep our heads in the game for those last 18 seconds. I am so proud of they way they played - best game of the season."
Sophomore Lauren Noce scored the game-winner with 18 seconds left in the contest.
"You can't ask for a better way to end the season," Conant said. "Not only did they win so I'm proud of them, but the way they played the game is really why I'm proud. They really wanted it and everything really came together for us. They played so well.
"If you control the draw, you win the game. We kept adjusting what we were doing and then they had to adjust to us. Then we were able to get possession, then score. I think the biggest thing for us was our midfield transitions and our draw control."
FUS sophomore midfielder Shannon Root tied the game at 15 with two minutes to go.
Sophomore Track McClelland led the Barons' offense with eight goals. Noce added four goals and an assist.
Juniors Lindsay Matthys, Magdalena Munoz and Jessica Bestgen each scored one goal for the Barons. Root contributed one assist and one goal.
"Tracy and Noce were working really well together today," Conant said. "Tracy is our lead scorer and Noce is our second. They're also our assist leaders.
"We talk about setting the bar at a point for yourself. This is the bar that we are setting for ourselves in fall ball. This is what we are coming off of and this is where we are going to continue to go from. We are just looking for incremental growth as a program. We are a young team and we are just looking for those stepping stones. This moment is one of those stepping stones."