Pan­thers pull away with five unan­swered goals

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— With just over 20 min­utes to play, the Per­ryville girls’ lacrosse team saw its lead cut to two goals.

The Pan­thers led by four twice in the first half, but Elkton scored the fi­nal goal be­fore half­time and the first after—nearly five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Only 32 sec­onds after the Golden Elks pulled within two, Per­ryville ju­nior Syd­nie Bjork dodged through mul­ti­ple de­fend­ers and scored her sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon. It was the first of five unan­swered that the Pan­thers scored over the game’s fi­nal 20 min­utes to pull away for a 13-6 win in the 2A1A North Re­gion Sec­tion II girls’ lacrosse fi­nal on Mon­day.

PER­RYVILLE

“We just go on runs. It comes from the draw, when we win it, we’re re­ally good on our fast breaks. That’s what our main fo­cus is,” Bjork said. “They have some very good play­ers as well as we do. They’re some of our tough­est com­pe­ti­tion.”

Per­ryville (13-1) coach Mary Dun­man said her de­fense zoned in on two par­tic­u­lar play­ers to hold Elkton (6-7) score­less for the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

“The ad­just­ment was a de­fen­sive ad­just­ment, just mark­ing up on 12 (Erin DePaul) and 8 (An­gel Lowe) and try­ing to keep the ball away from Erin DePaul, that was our pur­pose the en­tire game. And if we could stop them in tran­si­tion, that was the big­gest thing we could’ve done,” she said. “They were our big­gest threat. We only played each other once at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and they had in­juries, so I knew to­day was go­ing to be a tough game.”

Lowe led the Elks with three goals and DePaul scored two, but once the de­fense zoned in on deny­ing her the ball at all costs, Elkton was held score­less down the home stretch.

“As good as Erin is, we still have a lot of peo­ple that can score. It cer­tainly af­fects us with ground balls and tran­si­tion, but scor­ing, it was un­for­tu­nate that we didn’t have more peo­ple step up the way they did on Fri­day to put the ball in the net,” Elks coach Kelly Zim­mer­man said. “We were within two goals at least twice dur­ing the game. We were re­ally proud of that, re­ally ex­cited.”

Mad­die Rzu­cidlo tal­lied Elkton’s other goal.

Tay­lor Poore led the Pan­thers with four goals and an as­sist and Bjork tal­lied two of each. Mad­die Carr recorded a goal and an as­sist, Claire Hud­son and Bea Mus­cella scored two goals apiece and Jor­dan Jus­tice added a goal.

The Pan­thers ad­vance to face Fall­ston, the top seed of Sec­tion I, on Wed­nes­day in the North Re­gion cham­pi­onship.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Per­ryville’s Syd­nie Bjork throws a pass while de­fended by Elkton’s Kristina Keith­ley dur­ing the Pan­thers’ 13-6 vic­tory Mon­day in the 2A-1A North Re­gion Sec­tion II girls’ lacrosse fi­nal.

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