Perryville topples Havre de Grace in girls’ lax
Special to the Whig
Perryville saw its three-goal halftime lead evaporate midway through the second half of nonconference girls’ lacrosse battle with visiting Havre de Grace Wednesday night.
The Panthers settled down and controlled the
final 14 minutes as they scored the final five goals of the game to earn an 18-13 triumph — their first victory over the rival Warriors in program history.
“We just knew that we had this game. If we kept playing like we did earlier and had the same intensity that we had, we would have this game, so we settled down and weren’t frantic,” Perryville’s Ally Remesch said. “We controlled the ball and did what we had to do.”
The Panthers entered the second half with a 13-10 lead over Havre de Grace, but the Warriors went on a 6-3 run to start the half to tie the game at 13-13 on Shawnee Mahan’s second goal of the game with 13:08 left to go.
After Mahan’s equalizer, Perryville coach Mary Dunman called timeout to settle her team down and remind it to play its game instead of letting Havre de Grace dictate the tempo.
With less than 12 minutes left in the game, the Panthers turned to a play that has been productive for them throughout the season, and it paid off as Remesch put a Bea Muscella pass into the net for the go-ahead goal.
“We ran one of our plays that had been working well for us this season, and I just cut around. I was wide open, and Bea fed it to me amazingly. It just came together,” said Remesch, who finished with two goals.
Sydnie Bjork gave Perryville (8-1) a two-goal lead just 89 seconds after Remesch’s go-ahead tally. The Panthers took firm control of the game when Maddie Carr scored the next two goals with 8:10 and 2:59 remaining, respectively.
Bjork capped off Perryville’s first victory over the Warriors when she scored her sixth goal of contest with 4.5 seconds remaining. The victory is something the Panthers have been anticipating for a while.
“It feels great,” said Bjork, who also tallied an assist. “Everybody is so happy. I’m really happy. It’s awesome.”
Perryville received six goals and one assist from Taylor Poore and one goal and four helpers from Muscella.
Havre de Grace (4-5) earned four goals each from Taylor Johnson and Kaley Harris.