In­di­ans outscore Elks in shootout

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

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.

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