Panthers pull away with five unanswered goals
— 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.
“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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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.