Elkton uses late goals, defense to hold off North East
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.”