The teams opened the season against one another back in March. Perryville won that meeting, also by a one-goal margin, to beat the Indians for the first time since 2007.
“At the beginning of the year when we beat them, it was a special win. This is obviously a special win. I got a ton of respect for their program, I talked to coach Marley at midfield after the game,” Soper said. “They’ve been great for Cecil County lacrosse. They’ve helped programs like ours want to push to be better. Our kids want to play games like this against that team, the fact that they’ve beaten us the
last three years in the playoffs.
“They’ve been the county’s standard in advancing to the section final and the first team from Cecil County to ever go to the Final Four.”
Roberts and Woods each scored twice for the Panthers. Nick Ports added a goal and an assist, Matt Woods recorded a goal and Drew Crouse handed out a pair of assists.
Reynolds hat trick was a game
high, while Buegel and Tanner Moretz each added a goal for the Indians and Zack Bertrand recorded an assist.
Both goalies, Perryville’s Matt Mannone (14 saves) and Miller (16 saves) for North East, turned away shots all night to lead to the low-scoring, dramatic finish.
“The goaltending was incredible. Matt was sensational, Alex was sensational,” Soper said.
“That was probably one of the best high school goaltending lacrosse games that I’ve seen in quite some time. I thought the atmosphere was great, I thought the saves were great, I thought that both kids did everything they could to keep their teams in the game the entire time.”
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