Rebels keep Hubs from having a senior moment

May 06, 2006|By JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent

Even though it was Senior Recognition Day for North Hagerstown, the South Hagerstown girls lacrosse team grabbed all the attention.

Coming out of a timeout with 10 minutes remaining, the Rebels made a charge, turning a 7-4 deficit into an 8-7 victory.

"I told the girls at the last timeout to not lose their focus, but to keep their focus," South coach Bruce Buhrman said. "They were able to keep focus on what they needed to do. We have worked very hard on the mental aspects of the game and we showed that tonight. We did exactly what we needed to do during the final minutes of the game."

The victory gave the Rebels (2-9) a two-game sweep of the Hubs (0-9) this season.

Susan Gore scored three of her four second-half goals in the five minutes after the timeout to pull the Rebels into a 7-7 tie.


That set the stage for Carrissa Kesler to score what proved to be the game-winning goal on a charge through the middle with 3:48 remaining.

"Carrissa Kesler made the goal happen at the most opportune time," Buhrman said. "We worked the ball and we didn't force the shot. Finally, Carrissa was able to use the opportunity to take an open shot."

Aleah Kimmel scored two goals and Amy Ransier added one goal for the Rebels. Rebels goalkeeper Kaitlin Trump collected 15 saves.

Ellie Psillias scored all three of her goals during the first 15 minutes of the second half to help the Hubs build their 7-4 advantage.

Senior Becky Barnhart had three goals and Morgan McLeod added one goal for the Hubs. Hubs goalkeeper Lindsay Sullivan had five saves.

The Rebels and the Hubs played to a 2-2 tie in the first half.

"We have talked about this in practice about playing smart," Buhrman said. "They minimized their mistakes and they minimized their chances to turn the ball over. In the past, we have had the ability to come back. Tonight, we showed that we can do it again. It was a very hard-fought game with both teams being evenly matched."

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