Amos sparks Tigers’ rally past Indians
— Heather Amos received a small pep talk in the first half.
The Rising Sun senior heard her coach’s words loud and clear.
“In the first half [coach Becca Guethler] pulled me out and talked to me. I think that’s what helped me get back into my zone,” Amos said. “I get into my own head a lot and I think that having my coach pull me off onto the sideline and just pump me up and be like ‘Don’t get into your own head. Just calm down and play lacrosse how you know how to play it’ is what really helped me.’”
While Amos may have been back in her zone, the Tigers still trailed North East by two goals with under seven minutes remaining. In less than two minutes, Amos scored three straight goals that turned an 11-9 deficit into a 12-11 lead—Rising Sun’s first of the night—with 4:45 remaining. The Tigers held on for a 13-11 Susquehanna Division win from there.
“She was in the right place at the right time,” Guethler said. “She was catching the ball, there was a lot of offball movement and she has great cuts. She’s very ambidextrous, so she can fake right and shoot left.”
The threestraight goals gave Amos a team-high five for the night. Logan Alexander followed the run with an insurance goal at the 2:45 mark, her fourth of the game.
Brianna Christie scored a game-high seven goals for the for the Indians, including their final of the night with 10:49 left. At that point, Guethler made the decision to have a defender face-guard Christie and keep the ball out of her stick for the remainder of the game.
“She’s a very good player and in order for us to win this game, she had to be taken out of the game,” Guethler said. “It worked in our favor.”
By shutting down Christie, the Tigers held North East scoreless for the game’s final 10 minutes.
“We’ve got to be able to pass and catch in a settled offense,” Indians coach Joe Burkhardt said. “We wanted to run time down, but after you settle your offense, you’ve got to be able to score off of it at some point and we didn’t. We turned the ball over and they took advantage of it.”
Liz Zatalava scored three goals and had two assists, Emily Fanning scored once and Maria Zeigher added an assist for Rising Sun.
Amy O’Dell recorded two goals and two assists and Mackensie Kilby and Mal- lory Sharpless added a goal and an assist apiece for the Indians.
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Rising Sun’s Maria Ziegler, left, carries the ball upfield while North East’s Amy O’Dell, right, pursues defensively Thursday during the Tigers 13-11 Susquehanna Division win.