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Hubs get it half right in opener

March 22, 2011|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The moment stuck with North Hagerstown girls lacrosse coach Katie Eck — the precise moment she no longer liked what she was seeing on the field Tuesday night.

“We played really well, right up until the 10:58 mark of the second half,” Eck said after the Hubs’ 14-7 season-opening loss to Thomas Johnson at Mike Callas Stadium. “Up to that point, I really liked what I saw.”

Up to that point, there wasn’t much not to like. The Hubs (0-1) had rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the first half to take a 7-5 lead and still were deadlocked with the Patriots midway through the second half.

That changed in a moment — that 10:58 moment — when Brittany Goers sneaked a shot past North goalie Emma Moss to give the Patriots an 8-7 lead.

From there, it was all TJ, scoring six straight goals over the next eight minutes. The Patriots were lethal in transition, sprinting through the North defense at Moss, a freshman who gave a valiant effort in her first varsity start.

“She’s going to be a big part of our defense this year,” Eck said. “She talks a lot, good stickwork ... when we get the defense set in front of her, we’ll be in good shape.”

Clara DelGrippo led the TJ offense, scoring five goals and assisting on three others. Moss also stonewalled her on four other shots, including three from point-blank range. Moss finished with 11 saves.

DelGrippo had a hand in all of TJ’s five first-half goals, assisting on the first three and scoring the next two on the run to give the Patriots a 5-1 advantage with 10:47 to play before halftime.

The Hubs actually controlled possession for much of the first half, but couldn’t connect on passes toward the net. Lyndsay Knapp scored off an assist from Kelsey Smith with 10:32 to go to break the drought.

Anna Compton and Adrienne Kramer each scored directly after a stoppage in play to cut the Hubs deficit to 5-4 at halftime.

Early in the second half, Kristen Mazzei took an entry pass from Maddie Palkovitz — who scored the Hubs’ first goal of the match — but fired her shot over top of TJ goalie Mary Reich. Mazzei redeemed herself one minute later, scoring off a stoppage in play to tie the score at 5-5.

Compton gave North the lead 40 seconds later with her second goal, and Smith made it 7-5 with a shot that looped over the head of Reich and into the net.

“We played with a lot of intensity and determination in the first half, right up to that 10:58 mark,” Eck said. “I told them our goal tonight, besides winning, was to set the tone for the season. If I get that team that was out there in the first half, we’re going to have a great season.”

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