Ally Kvidera scored the go-ahead goal with 1 minute, 58 seconds remaining, and the Fort Lewis College womens lacrosse team pulled out a nailbiter to open its 2013 season with a 14-13 win over Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction.
The Skyhawks got off to a slow start, FLC head coach Kelsey MacDonald said in their first time playing outside this season.
The field was a little bigger than we thought, she said, forced inside by Durangos snow.
Defense struggled the most, throwing the ball away too often and failing to get into a rhythm against the very fast and athletic Mavericks.
FLC finished with 19 turnovers and Colorado Mesa 24.
FLC trailed by as many as three in the first half.
But then we figured it out, and we started scoring again, MacDonald said.
Jessica Norby led the Skyhawks with four goals, followed by three each from Kvidera and Ellie Carpenter on 24 total team shots on goal.
Marissa DiCecco scored two, while Jam Vertner added another goal and an assist but also was key in draw controls for the Skyhawks.
She killed it on the draw, MacDonald said.
Colorado Mesas Ashley Eickoff, who tied the game at 13-all with 9:58 to play in regulation, led all scorers with five.
FLC freshman and Durango High School alumna Alyssa Spencer got her first collegiate start in the goal for FLC, and she made 13 saves on 26 total shots on goal to earn the win.
Wide open shots, and she would come up with some great saves, MacDonald said.
Saved our butt a couple of times.
FLC will play Regis at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was moved up because of weather.