Scanlin Score Lifts Elon to Upset of No. 15 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. — Shelby Scanlin scored with six seconds left to lift the unbeaten Elon women's lacrosse team to a 7-6 victory Thursday at No. 15-ranked Duke, a landmark win for the Phoenix in just their third season of varsity competition.
"A win like this is huge for our program," said Elon head coach Josh Hexter, who previously spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Duke. "Our team finally played without worrying who they were up against. They just played hard and for each other and they found joy in the competition."
As with most Elon possessions, the winning drive started in the stick of Sloane Kessler, who from behind the net fed Scanlin the ball on the left side for the clinching goal. Scanlin, Stephanie Asher and Maeve Cowley finished with two goals apiece to lead the Phoenix, who came back from a 5-2 deficit to score five of the game's final six goals.
The momentum shifted late in the first half — Kessler fed Kelsey Dupere for a goal with one second remaining to send Elon into the locker room trailing by just one goal — and carried through to the second half.
Scanlin tied the game at 5 with 15:16 remaining, but Kyra Harney put Duke back up by one less than four minutes later. The Phoenix tied it at 6 with Cowley's second goal at the 10:43 mark.
After a long defensive stand that lasted nearly four minutes, Elon missed on two shot attempts before Scanlin deposited the game-winning goal. One hit the post and the other, after Duke turned the ball over trying to clear, went wide. Kessler retrieved the ball on the endline and set up Scanlin for the winner.
Rebuilding after making the final four with a senior-heavy team last year, Duke (2-3) suffered its third loss in four games. The Blue Devils also were upset by USC last week in Orange County, Calif. Elon improved to 4-0.
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