Elks come back, de­feat Tigers in over­time

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN Fol­low Sean Gro­gan on Twit­ter: @Sean_Ce­cilWhig

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Elk­ton ju­nior Erin DePaul scored five goals Thurs­day in the Golden Elks’ 11-10 vic­tory over Ris­ing Sun, in­clud­ing the over­time game win­ner.

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