Elks come back, defeat Tigers in overtime
NORTH EAST — The Elkton girls’ lacrosse team had cut a four-goal halftime deficit down to two.
Then lightning struck, forcing the visiting Golden Elks and Rising Sun into a 30-minute delay with less than seven minutes remaining.
Instead of worrying that the hiatus would kill her team’s momentum, Elkton coach Kelly Zimmerman believed it was much needed.
“That was a blessing for us. We needed that,” she said. “As much as we had a bit of momentum as a team, we still weren’t playing our game. Our legs were exhausted, so I’m not sure the game would’ve ended the same way if we didn’t have that. That 30 minutes gave us time to regroup, focus on what we need to do and just get some confidence in each other. They came out ready to play for those six minutes.”
The game ended with junior midfielder Erin DePaul’s fifth goal—a shot in suddenvictory overtime that delivered the Elks an improbable 11-10 win.
DePaul said Elkton (1-3) ran a set play after a Rising Sun foul.
“That kind of gave me the motive to take it one-on-one and take that inside and shoot,” she said. “It felt really good, kind of as a personal thing, but even more so for the team because I know we wanted it more than anything.”
DePaul scored back-to-back goals out of the break to tie the score at nine. Angel Lowe then tallied her third of the game to put the Elks ahead, 10-9, for the first time all afternoon.
In the final minute, Liz Zatalava dodged from behind the goal and finished for Rising Sun to tie the score at 10.
DePaul won the ensuing draw and released a shot that found the back of the net as the horn sounded, but the goal was waved off and the teams prepared for overtime.
The Tigers (0-2) scored the game’s first three goals and led 7-3 at the half.
“They were talking on attack, they weren’t forcing things,” Rising Sun coach Becca Guethler said of the first half. “Towards the end of the game the pressure becomes really intense for some players and it’s really hard to kind of take a step back and play your own game. I get that, the crowds cheering, I’m yelling, all that stuff. However, on attack in the first half, they were very relaxed. They were passing it around, they were making great cuts, great passes and great feeds. Obviously, the score reflected that.”
DePaul added a pair of assists to her game-high five goals and Lowe had an assist with the hat trick. Maura Muldoon and Julia Matsen each recorded a goal and an assist and Savelle Brown scored once. Fallon Katz made eight saves in net for the Elks.
Heather Amos led the Tigers with three goals and two assists and Zatalava scored twice while handing out four assists. Logan Alexander, Emily Fanning, Jazzy Moore and Jess Borchardt all added a goal apiece.
Elkton junior Erin DePaul scored five goals Thursday in the Golden Elks’ 11-10 victory over Rising Sun, including the overtime game winner.