LEHMAN TWP. - The 2ooth goal of Alysa Adams’ career came on a night she celebrated her 17th birthday.
But it was a simple assist much later in the game that really provided her biggest present.
Adams fed Mallory Wilson for a pivotal insurance goal with 4:14 remaining, then Wilson scored again in the final minute Monday as Lake-Lehman fended off a furious second-half surge by Crestwood to carve out a 14-11 Black Knights victory in the first-ever girls night game in Lehman’s girls lacrosse history.
“Definitely that one assist,” Adams said, conveying the moment that meant the most to her Monday. “There’s nothing like getting the game win instead of getting a personal one.”
She got both.
Adams fired home her second goal of the first half for her career 200th, a milestone moment that gave the Black Knights a 6-4 lead with 8:35 to go before halftime.
“Her 200th goal and her birthday on the same night,” Lake-Lehman co-coach Alex Wilson said.
“Awesome,” Adams said, admitting she’s been counting down to the 200 mark.
It got even better for the 11-3 Black Knights.
After Lizzy Dessoye and Morgan Kile scored for Crestwood 53 seconds apart to tie the game at 6-6, Lehman took off on a six-goal spurt that left Lehman with a 12-6 lead less than a minute into the second half.
Defenseman Cary Keiper started the roll with a goal little more than six minutes before intermission, Wilson fired home two of her game-high five scores and Adams added two more — including a wicked shot from a side angle that pumped Lehman’s lead to six goals.
“It’s definitely a lot less stressful when you have a big lead,” said Adams, a junior who now has 220 career scoring points. “It makes the game more fun.”
But Crestwood made sure it was no laughing matter.
The Comets came storming back behind speedster Daniella Callaghan and some sharp shooting from Kile.
Callaghan rifled home three of her four goals in the final 23 minutes, Kile punched home two of her three scores, and when Kile’s final goal found the net, suddenly Crestwood had closed within 12-11 with 4:39 to play.
“We were trying to stall and run some plays we we’ve been working on. And some of them just fell through,” Adams said.
“Crestwood’s a dangerous team,” coach Wilson said. “They’ve got some very good athletes. They can run the length of the field with the ball. We had a couple girls out of the lineup. You start to get tired.”
Kenzie Borum made sure Lehman’s lead didn’t go to sleep.
The Black Knights goalie totaled a whopping 20 saves — 10 in each half — including a handful that came in the form of rapid-fire shots by Crestwood in the final five minutes.
“She had several huge stops in a row down the stretch that allowed us to preserve the lead,” Alex Wilson said. “The coaches named her a Wyoming Valley Conference first-team All-Star last year. It’s a luxury to have her back there.
“She turned the momentum back.”
Early on, Lehman rode the back of its lone senior on the team’s Senior Night.
Courtney Thomas launched the game’s first goal just 1:16 into the action, then added another goal midway through the first half to produce half of the Black Knights’ goals as they grabbed a 4-2 lead.
“We were so happy for her,” Adams said.
Lehman was even happier at the end.
After Borum thwarted Crestwood’s attempts to even the game, Adams found the towering Mallory Wilson in front of the net, and she threw down the goal that gave Lehman breathing room - for a 13-11 Black Knights advantage with 4:14 on the clock.
With 58 seconds on the clock, Wilson’s fifth and final goal of the night allowed Lehman to exhale for good.
“A lot of teams will try to shut her down,” said Alex Wilson, Mallory’s dad. “Her strength is, she passes — she’s tall, she’s got a good view of the field. She’s always got the green light (to shoot). If she’s got a one-on-one (matchup) and she feels she can take the shot to the goal, she’ll do it.”
Coughlin 13, Delaware Valley 12
Brigid Wood scored scored with five seconds remaining to give the Crusaders the win after a second-half comeback by the Warriors.
Wood finished the game with four goals and two assists, while Haliee Dumont and Kyra Castano added three each.
Dana Hunt led Delaware Valley with five goals.
Wyoming Seminary 17, Pittston area 4
Led by four goals each from Lexi Quick and Becca Schulman, the Blue Knights earned the one-sided victory against the Patriots.
Kate Romanowski added three goals to the win.
Pittston area was led by two goals from Haley Norwillo.
Lake-Lehman 14, Crestwood 11
SCORING — CRE, Lizzy Dessoye 4 goals, assist, Danielle Callaghan 4 goals, Morgan Kile 3 goals, assist. LL, Mallory Wilson 5 goals, Alysa Adams 5 goals, assist, Hannah Stull 2 goals, 4 assists, Courtney Thomas 2 goals.
Shots - Crestwood 31, Lake-Lehman 19. Saves — CRES 5 (Paige Zaleppa); LL 20 (Kenzie Borum).
Coughlin 13, Delaware Valley 12
SCORING — COU, Brigid Wood (4 goals, 2 assists), Hailee Dumont (3 goals), Kyra Castano (3 goals), Kaitlin Lukasheski ( 1 goal, 2 assists), Kristi Pearage (1 goal), Kelsey Gabriell (1 goal). DV, Dana Hunt (5 goals), Gianna Pampalone (4 goals), Emily Peters (1 goal, 1 assist), Vicky Pena (1 goal, 1 assist), Baylee Roeder (1 goal).
Saves — COU 7 (McKenzie Lee); DV 15 (Karen Cooper).
Wyoming Seminary 10, Pittston Area 4
SCORING — PIT, Haley Norwillo (2 goals), Emily Herron (1 goal), Elaina Menchi (1 goal). SEM, Madison Sweitzer (1 goal), Molly Turner (1 goal), Louis Cornell (1 goal), Rachel Havrylkoff (1 goal, 1 assist), Lexi Quick (4 goals), Becca Schulman (4 goals), Gabby Grossman (2 goals), Kate Romanowski (3 goals), Jacqui Meuser (1 goal), Grace Leahy (1 goal), Brittany Williams (2 assists).
Saves — PIT 5 (Nicole Waters); SEM 5 (Kelly Gavin, Sarah Schulman).