Amos sparks Tigers’ rally past In­di­ans

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

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“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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

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.

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