Brooke Clasing had not seen her team play so well in four years at Susquehannock. Scoring twice in the final 20 seconds of regulation, the Warriors took Kennard-Dale to overtime.
The same Kennard-Dale that has not lost a YAIAA Division II game in five seasons of girls' lacrosse.
It still hasn't.
Nicole Black made sure the Rams' perfect league mark remained intact 47 seconds into the three-minute overtime. Her goal gave Kennard-Dale (17-1, 10-0) a 17-16 win and memorable end to Clasing's career at Susquehannock (8-7, 5-6).
"It was pretty emotional," Clasing said. "Everything was changing. It was going up and down with the score, and that final goal -- when it went in -- it broke each and every girls' heart. We thought we had it."
Kennard-Dale didn't gain control until Morgan Day's back-to-back goals and a final first-half score from Lyndsey Duty gave the Rams a 9-6 lead at the break. Day, who scored five of her team-high six goals in the first half, and Duty are just sophomores. So are Susquehannock's Katelyn Welch and Ashley Valway, who pushed the Warriors to multiple one-goal leads.
"I'll definitely be coming back to watch this team," Clasing said. "They're growing. We are waking up the giants. This team is going to be awesome."
They also developed a knack for coming back.
Valway and Welch each scored five goals to pace Susquehannock offense, which stalled as Kennard-Dale's lead grew in the second half. Day's sixth and final goal was followed by Hannah Bracey's shot in a 19-second stretch to push the difference to 13-8. With about 16 minutes to go, Clasing found the net. Then Welch did again. Kennard-Dale was called for a penalty and twice gave Susquehannock advantages with players in the box.
The sequence allowed the Warriors to score twice and pull within one, but not without Black getting in a goal and keeping Kennard-Dale in the lead.
The Rams were at a disadvantage in more ways than one. They were without three starters. Three key starters: senior goalie Alana Pietra, senior midfielder Haley Romoser and sophomore Brooke Davis.
Pietra suffered a sprained ankle midway through the first half Monday against West York. She played through the injury before giving way to junior Emily Deaver, who guarded the net again Friday.
Black said Pietra is hopeful to return for next week's YAIAA tournament, but Deaver has experience after splitting earlier this year with Pietra and starting at times as a freshman.
"She did very well that year so she can definitely play up with us," Black said.
Still having the La Salle-bound Black helps.
After Susquehannock tied the score at 14, Black waited with the ball behind the Warriors' net. She looked for teammates to cut and, when they did, found Taylor Davis to retake the lead. Black repeated the method with 2:01 left, finding Danielle Markel for a 16-14 lead.
All seemed lost for Susquehannock. Kennard-Dale held possession for most of the final minute until firing a shot with about 30 seconds left. When goalie Amber Orner denied the attempt and flicked the ball to Carley VanLuit, the junior desperately raced downfield. She ran past two defenders and deked to the right, dodging another defender, to score. Only 20.5 seconds remained on the clock. Needing possession from the faceoff, Susquehannock got something better: a foul during a scramble for the ball.
That set up Abby Hagee, who took off from midfield and tied the score with 7.5 seconds left.
"There's not much you can do," Black said. "They're a very fast team."
Just score again, which Black has done so often and did again for the fourth time Friday night in overtime.
KENNARD-DALE 17, SUSQUEHANNOCK 16, (OT)
Kennard-Dale 9 8 -- 17
Susquehannock 6 10 -- 16
Kennard-Dale goals -- Nicole Black 4, Lindsey Duty 3, Morgan Day 6, Taylor Davis 2, Hannah Bracey, Danielle Markel.
Susquehannock goals -- Ashley Valway 5, Katelyn Welch 5, Brooke Clasing 2, Carley VanLuit 2, Abby Hagee, Emily Fourhman.
Goalies -- KD, Emily Deaver (7 saves); Sus, Amber Orner (18 saves)
JV Score -- Susquehannock, 10-9.