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North's girls get their first victory

April 16, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Either North Hagerstown or South Hagerstown was going to score its first girls lacrosse victory of the season in the city rivalry game at School Stadium on Thursday.

The visiting Hubs were the team that got into the win column, defeating the Rebels, 11-4.

"I think it's a long time coming and the girls really worked hard for it," North coach Katie Eck said. "The North-South game is always a big rivalry in any sport. Our girls were up for it. I think both teams played really well. Both teams have improved substantially."

Freshman midfielder Maddie Palkovitz led the way with four goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Kristen Mazzei added three goals and two assists for the Hubs (1-4). Sophomore attacker Cali Durning scored two goals, Alissa Miller added a goal and an assist, and Anna Compton had a goal.

Lyndsey Knapp had two assists and Mallory Crossland added one for North. Sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Stewart made six saves.

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"The key to our victory was possession off the draw control," Eck said. "We took smart shots and played with a lot of intensity. We have a pretty balanced offense. When we work hard, we can do great things. We played tough defense. We did a good job of marking up their cutters."

Senior midfielder Lauren Marriner scored a pair of goals in the second half, while Kimmie Mauck and Mandy Beall added one goal each for South (0-6).

"North played a very good game," Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman said. "Our defense worked well and they incorporated a number of things that we have been working on. There are things that we need to continue to improve, like ground balls and the transition in the midfield. The girls played very hard and they never gave up."

After both teams battled to a 2-2 deadlock, the Hubs scored five straight goals in the last 18 minutes of the first half to build a 7-2 halftime advantage. Mazzei and Durning had two goals each in that stretch.

Marriner scored for the Rebels 1:25 into the second half to make it 7-3, but Mazzei snuck in a goal 2:16 later and Palkovitz added a goal 5:09 after that to give the Hubs a 9-3 lead.

After Marriner got a goal for the Rebels, Palkovitz scored two goals to give the Hubs their final margin of victory.

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