Elk­ton uses late goals, de­fense to hold off North East

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

ELK­TON

Spe­cial to the Whig

— The Elk­ton girls’ lacrosse team saw its six-goal lead whit­tled down to just two in the sec­ond half of its sec­on­dround play­off matchup against North East Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The Golden Elks did not panic and re­lied on their de­fense down the stretch, not al­low­ing a goal over the fi­nal 10 min­utes, while scor­ing the fi­nal six goals to pull away for a 21-13 vic­tory over the In­di­ans and ad­vance to the 2A1A North Re­gion Sec­tion II Fi­nal against Per­ryville.

“It started with our de­fense say­ing ‘We got this. We got this and play our game.’ We know how to shut it down. We know how to make our slides,” said Elk­ton’s Erin Depaul, who fin­ished six goals and four as­sists. “It’s just a mat­ter of really get­ting there. So that was kind of the first thought was mak­ing sure that we knew where we were and what we could do to stop it.”

Af­ter scor­ing four of the first six goals in the sec­ond half, Elk­ton (66) held a 15-9 ad­van­tage with 16:44 left. But the In­di­ans (6-7) scored the next four goals, three of which came from Bri­anna Christie, to cut their deficit to 15-13 with 9:58 re­main­ing.

That was as close as North East would get as the Golden Elks re­gained con­trol of the game thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of strong ball pos­ses­sion and a strong de­fense that pre­vented the In­di­ans from get­ting good looks.

An­gel Lowe helped Elk­ton reestab­lish mo­men­tum when she scored with 9:02 re­main­ing to make it a three-goal game. Maura Mul­doon then scored the next two goals to give the Golden Elks a five-goal lead with 6:31 left.

DePaul scored twice and An­gel Ser­a­fina added one more over the fi­nal 3:50 to seal Elk­ton’s vic­tory.

“They stayed com­posed and fo­cused. They knew that out of all the games this en­tire sea­son, this is the one that kept our sea­son go­ing,” Elks coach Kelly Zim­mer­man said. “This is the one that meant some­thing. If we lost, we go home and turn in uni­forms. If we win, then we keep on mov­ing. I think that drove them.”

Elk­ton earned four goals and two as­sists from Mul­doon, three goals and two as­sists from Anna Wolf and three goals from Lowe, while Fal­lon Katz made four saves.

Amy O’Dell scored five times, while Christie fin­ished with four goals for North East, which strug­gled to main­tain any mo­men­tum for an ex­tended length of time.

“The kids played hard at times, but not for a full-length game. They played hard for a cou­ple of min­utes here and there, but not for longer stretches. That’s what you need for mo­men­tum. Elk­ton had the mo­men­tum,” In­di­ans coach Joe Burkhardt said. “When it shifted to our time, Elk­ton would win the draw, took their time, ran their sets and scored. Hats off to them.”

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