The C. Milton Wright girls' lacrosse team hasn't gone undefeated for six-plus seasons against Harford County opposition without knowing how to dig itself out of the occasional dicey situation.
Last night against host North Harford, the fifth-ranked Mustangs found themselves down by three goals late in the first half before taking control with a five-goal spurt to put away the Hawks, 9-7, and win their 50th consecutive game against a league foe.
As usual for the Mustangs (8-1, 3-0), seniors Kadie Stamper and Christina Frank were the catalysts. Stamper kept C. Milton Wright in the game early, scoring three of her four goals in the first half. She also assisted on midfielder Erin Rawlick's goal, the last in the Mustangs' run which turned a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead with 7:15 to play.
Frank scored all three of her goals in the second half, including the score that gave the Mustangs their first lead - at 7-6 - since the opening two minutes, and an insurance score, making it 9-7 with 2:39 left.
"There was a little worry in some of the girls' eyes, but we've been in that position before and we know what's it like to come back," said Frank. "I just didn't think we played well in the first half. In the second half, we were more aggressive."
North Harford (5-3, 3-0) got three goals and an assist from Katy Lawrence, but the Hawks didn't have an answer for Mustangs goalie Jessica Dibelka, who had six saves in the second half.
"They're as good as any team we played this year," said Mustangs coach Carl Greenberg, whose team has faced No. 4 Notre Dame Prep, No. 7 Broadneck, No. 8 St. Mary's and No. 11 South River. "It feels good to get past them, but they gave us all we could handle."