Tigers rally late again, edge Elks 12-11
— 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
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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