Short­handed U.dublin stuns North Penn

North Penn Life - - SPORT - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Draw con­trol was never PRUH FUuFLDO WKDn Ln WKH finDO min­utes of the Dis­trict One Class AAAA girls lacrosse fiUsW-URunG JDPH EHWwHHn North Penn and Up­per Dublin on Tues­day.

Cling­ing on to an 8-7 lead, the 15th-seeded Maid­ens needed to make a few more stops over the last two min­utes to end the 18th-seeded Fly­ing Car­di­nals’ sea­sons. How­ever, the Red­birds re­ally wanted to give two of their side­lined starters a chance to re­turn from in­jury and play at least one more game.

The Car­di­nals were short a few play­ers be­cause of a mi­nor car ac­ci­dent the night prior, but not short of de­ter­mi­na­tion. With two goals in WKH finDO 24 sHFRnGs WKH 6uEur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence champs de­feated North Penn 9-8.

“The team could have given up or gone for broke,” Car­di­nals coach Dee Cross said. “The girls that were in WKH FDU DFFLGHnW DUH finH, EuW they could not play to­day. They were just sore. We put girls in to­day that re­ally have not played all sea­son and they played their hearts out.”

7KH CDUGLnDOs (15-4) wRn WKH finDO GUDw FRnWURO, JLYing them a 9-8 ad­van­tage for the game. gu­nior Kayla McA­neny sprinted to­ward the Maid­ens’ goal and dished off to Shelby Ken­ney for the game win­ner with 11 sec­onds re­main­ing. Ken­ney scored two goals, while McAneney had four goals to go with two as­sists.

“North Penn played a great pres­sure de­fense on us and we could not play our at­tack,” Cross said. “Kayla usu­ally does not score for us, but had to be moved to a mid­die.”

A large rea­son the Car­di­nals could not run away with the game was Maid­ens se­nior Lau­ren Green. While her team­mates strug­gled to finG WKH EDFN RI nHW, GUHHn never al­lowed her team to trail by more than one goal. HHU fiYH JRDOs IRUFHG WKH Fly­ing Car­di­nals to face­guard the at­tacker.

“Lau­ren Green

seems like the only player on our team that was able put it in the back of the net,” Maid­ens coach gami Wilus Behm said. “vou need a go-to player in the dis­trict play­offs, but we also needed to play like a team. We did not play like a team in all facets to­day.”

The Car­di­nals’ Do­minique Green-Cole­man was as­signed the Maid­ens’ main source of scor­ing and it did force the sec­ond place squad from the SOL Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence to look else­where. Goals by Brit­tany Tyson and gu­liana Hill came 27 sec­onds apart in the 48th minute of ac­tion.

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us and we had her play­ing de­fense,” Cross said. “We have face-guarded teams all sea­son, but it usu­ally is not her.”

While Tyson and Hill’s hero­ics did not last long, it was clear the Maid­ens were go­ing Wo figKW Wo WKH HnG. TKHy fin­isKHG WKH sHa­son 13-5 over­all, but never had the same chem­istry, specif- ically of­fen­sively with­out Mu­nior PiG­fiHOGHr .aiWOin Suzuki.

“We shot right at the goalie,” Wilus Behm said. “We have not found an of­fen­sive leader af­ter Kailtin Suzuki went down in the mid­dle of the sea­son with a knee in­jury. We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties and if we would have shot well it would have been a dif­fer­ent game.”

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