Indians outscore Elks in shootout
— There was no shortage of goals scored when the North East girls’ lacrosse team hosted Elkton on Wednesday.
The county rivals combined to find the back of the net 29 times during a 16-13 non-divisional victory for the Indians.
“Again, we scored goals. We’ve got to tighten it up on defense a little bit,” North East coach Joe Burkhardt said. “I thought we passed a little better this game. I thought we played a little better as a team this game … I think we were better prepared to play today.”
Seniors Brianna Christie and Amy O’Dell led the Indians attack. Christie
scored five goals and handed out three assists, while O’Dell recorded four of each.
North East (1-2) scored the game’s first three goals and jumped out to a 6-2 advantage midway through the first half. The Golden Elks (1-1) responded with four unanswered to knot the score.
Elkton’s Erin DePaul scored in the final minute of the half to pull the Elks back within one, 9-8, but the Indians would add a pair of goals before the horn. Christie controlled the ensuing draw and took it straight to the goal herself, then O’Dell made the score 11-8 by dodging from behind the net, rolling back and finishing three seconds before halftime.
Elkton would pull within one goal, 1312, in the second half, but North East responded with three-straight goals to pull away.
“I think we’re lucky that we kept it as close as we did. They outplayed us from beginning to end, we beat ourselves today and that’s the most disappointing part. They capitalized on all of our turnovers,” Elks coach Kelly Zimmerman said. “We’re able to score, which is good, but we need to be able to stop their scoring, too. It was our mistakes, and good for them, they were able to capitalize on them … We just need to clean up our game. We need to play smarter, we need to play with more poise, we need to clean up our stick skills. That’s all it is, we beat ourselves today.”
Behind Christie and O’Dell, Mackensie Kilby recorded a hat trick for the Indians, Mallory Sharpless scored twice, Maria Shamblin recorded a goal and an assist and Kiley McMullen added a goal.
DePaul paced Elkton with six goals, Maura Muldoon scored four, Julia Matsen scored a pair and Serafina DeJesus added a goal.
“We worked on it all day at practice yesterday: Defense, defense, defense,” Burkahrdt said. “It helped, we gave a little, but we bent but didn’t break.”
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North East’s Amy O’Dell, front, scored four goals and recorded four assists during the Indians’ 16-13 nondivisional win over visiting Elkton on Wednesday.