Tigers rally late again, edge Elks 12-11

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Late-game come­backs are be­com­ing the norm for the Ris­ing Sun girls’ lacrosse team.

The Tigers have ral­lied late to win in each of their past three games. On Mon­day, they needed to over­come a pair of two-goal deficits in the fi­nal 10 min­utes to earn a 12-11 Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion vic­tory over host Elk­ton.

“I would rather them fin­ish strong, rather than start strong and get weaker as the time pro­gresses, but I think

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that we can dub Ris­ing Sun lacrosse as ‘The Come­back Kids,’” Tigers coach Becca Gueth­ler said. “I re­ally think that suits them.” Sopho­more Liz Zata­lava scored the gamewin­ning goal on a free-po­si­tion shot with 1:34 left on the clock. It was the Tigers’ third-straight goal since the Golden Elks had taken an 11-9 lead at the 5:39 mark.

Zata­lava was un­aware that the score was tied when she stepped up to take the free po­si­tion.

“I had no idea, so I kind of just went for it,” she said. “Then I looked at the ref and said ‘Do you know the score?’ He goes, ‘As a mat­ter of fact, I don’t.’”

Elk­ton won the en­su­ing draw and called time­out look­ing for the tie. It was in the hud­dle that Zata­lava found out she had just score the go-ahead goal.

The Elks had pos­ses­sion twice in the fi­nal minute, but turned the ball over each time.

“We wanted it so badly, but weren’t able to fin­ish it. That’s re­ally tough, but I told the girls they’ve got to brush it off be­cause we’ve got a big week with North East and Bo Manor this week,” Elk­ton coach Kelly Zim­mer­man said. “I think fa­tigue def­i­nitely set in. We don’t have a lot of depth, so car­ry­ing just three subs in sit­u­a­tions like that prob­a­bly re­ally hurts us. They’re a very tal­ented team, you can’t take that away from them, and we came up short.”

The Elks led 5-4 at half­time, then opened the sec­ond half with three straight goals to take an 8-4 lead. Ris­ing Sun (4-3, 4-2 Susque­hanna) an­swered with three straight goals to pull within one, but Erin DePaul an­swered for Elk­ton (4-5, 3-3) to put her team up 9-7 with less than 10 min­utes re­main­ing.

Lo­gan Alexan­der an­swered with a free-po­si­tion goal and Zata­lava fol­lowed with a score with 6:23 re­main­ing that tied the game at nine.

Less than a minute later, the Elks were ahead by two goals again. Anna Wolf fin­ished an as­sist from Maura Mul­doon with 5:47 left and An­gel Lowe found the back of the net just eight sec­onds later to make the score 11-9.

Zata­lava dodged from be­hind the cage to score to pull the Tigers within one. Heather Amos then dodged, rolled back and fin­ished to tie the game at 11 with 2:41 left. Zata­lava tal­lied her game win­ner—and fourth goal of the night—just over one minute later.

“For a lot of these girls, it’s the last time they’re go­ing to play Elk­ton and it’s a big game for them in their minds. A lot of them showed up and I’m proud of them,” Gueth­ler said. “De­fense, a lot of time times, gets re­ally over­looked in my opin­ion. They’re scrappy, they fight hard, and they’re the ones that re­ally tran­si­tion that ball up­field.”

Alexan­der also scored four goals for Ris­ing Sun. Lor­rie Bow­man, Maggie Palfi, Heather Amos and Kait­lyn Shivery all scored once and Emily Fan­ning added an as­sist.

DePaul and Mul­doon led Elk­ton with three goals and an as­sist apiece. Lowe scored a pair of goals and Wolf, Ju­lia Mat­sen and Ser­a­fina DeJe­sus each added a goal.

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