N. Carroll rally falls short

Panthers fight back before losing to Glenelg

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 12, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The North Carroll girls lacrosse team faced a formidable challenge last night against Glenelg.

It was facing a quality opponent for the second time in as many days without three of its starters, out due to injury or illness.

In the closing minutes, however, it was the clock that served as the Panthers' biggest obstacle.

Down by five midway through the second half, host North Carroll roared back into the game with four unanswered goals before falling, 10-8.

"I just wish we had more time," North Carroll coach Amy Eggers said. "We started doing things right at the end. Our defense started playing up, [goalie] Brittany Wigley made some good saves for us, we started winning the draw control and we were working in our good passes. We got our momentum going."

The game came just one day after a disappointing 19-8 loss to South Carroll in a makeup of Tuesday's rainout.

Early on last night, it seemed little had changed for the Panthers (3-2), who had troubles simply throwing and catching the ball in falling behind, 9-4, with 15:30 left.

Led by midfielders Lindsay Lewis and Katie Krumpotich, who scored three goals each, the Gladiators (4-2) got off 16 of the first 26 shots, and seemed prime to win the game going away.

The final 14 minutes, however, belonged to the Panthers.

Led by Maria Humphries and Carly Rihard (two goals each), they fought back to pull within one on Lauren Therit's goal off a feed from Humphries, making it 9-8 with 2:10 to play.

Glenelg, however, then went on to seal the win with a goal in the final two minutes.

For the Gladiators, who start only three seniors, working on their slow-down game nearly proved costly.

"We're looking down the road to where we want to be at the end of the season, and we don't have a lot of slow-down, settle attacks, so that's what we were trying to work on today," Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid said. "We almost slowed ourselves out of the game."

Glenelg, which suffered blowout losses to both Bryn Mawr and Liberty at last weekend's Liberty Lacrosse Invitational, has now won two straight.

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