Lake Forest's Elle Wood scored a reverse shot goal just moments after keeper August Lewis stopped a penalty stroke in overtime as the Spartans edged Caravel 2-1 in a field hockey opener Wednesday night.
Two of WDEL's top 5 preseason Division 2 programs put together an entertaining up-and-down showcase in their first games of the season, but it was the keepers who stole the show early.
Caravel's Alex Boettcher and Lake's Lewis combined for 11 saves in the first half as the teams went to the locker rooms scoreless at halftime.
Lake Forest would break through 7 minutes into the second half, as Boettcher came out to kick away a potential breakaway, but after a scrum ensued near the top of the circle, the ball rolled out to the offensive left wing, where Cassie Dempsey was waiting for a slapshot that bounced in for the game's opening goal.
Just 21 seconds later, lightning was spotted from a distant thunderstorm, forcing a mandatory 30 minute delay.
After no rain fell, and the lightning went off towards the Delaware Bay, Caravel was able to find their breakthrough.
Caitlin St. Leger passed to Megan North, who was able to collect between two Spartan defenders, make one move to get space, and then sneak a shot past the keeper to the the game at 1-1.
Caravel had a chance to put the game away late in regulation, when Lake's Mikayla Smith, who had rotated in for Lewis in front of the net, put on a goalkeeping clinic.
She made a kick save, which was followed by a diving save, and a hip save, before defender Ruby Troutman added a goal line save to deny the Bucs the go-ahead goal.
Lake would test Boettcher in the final minute, but couldn't find the goal, and the squads would go to overtime.
In the 7-on-7 period, Caravel would have a breakaway taken away, giving them a penalty stroke.
Lewis, who had re-entered for overtime, reached out to her left with her waffleboard pad to swat away the shot, keeping the game going.
About 2 minutes later, that save was rewarded, as Haydan Parker fired a leading pass to Elle Wood, who collected above her head, worked towards her backhand, where she fired a swift reverse shot past the defense, and in for the game-winning goal.
No. 4 Lake Forest got 15 saves from the combination of Lewis and Smith. They'll play at Dover on Monday night.
No. 2 Caravel's Boettcher made 10 saves, the Bucs host DMA on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.