The story began Sunday afternoon when the Kent State women's lacrosse team played their first official game in Cincinnati.
The Golden Flashes held out early in the long-standing Cincinnati program, dropping only 8-6 at the half, but ended up falling 19-8 to the Bearcats (1-1).
The state of Kent has announced the addition of women's lacrosse in the summer of 2016. This Sunday, this sport has become the first new university sport in the school since the creation of women's golf in 1998-1999.
"For the first time in history, Kent State Lacrosse has conquered the field and represented the team and our university in a way that we can all be proud of," said the 39, KSU coach Brianne Tierney. "We have lessons to learn, moments to support, and experiences to put under our belt." But starting in the first half with an established program like Cincinnati, it's a credit for the work this team has put into. "
Rookie Abby Jones scored the first goal in the history of Lacrosse Flashes to tie the game 1-1 at the start of the first half. Three consecutive goals in Cincinnati followed before Jones scored his second goal unassisted of the day.
The first three goals of Kent State were unassisted before rookie Kelli Bailey scored his first assist in the program's history when he named rookie compatriot Megan Kozar for his second goal of the match.
Freshmen Lluna Katz and Graceyn Dean also scored goals in the first half. Katz scored on a free shot, while Dean scored on a Kozar pass.
Jones scored his third goal of the game late in the second period to give him a hat trick. Katz also added another goal in the second period.
Goalkeeper Freshman Grace Merrill made 14 saves on 39 shots.
"Abby and Grace have truly distinguished themselves today," said Tierney. "A number of players who left the seat gave us good minutes, and that bodes well for next week's game against Robert Morris."
The Flashes will host the first women's lacrosse game in school history on Saturday against Robert Morris at 1 pm