North girls topple rival Rebels

April 14, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • North's Kelsey Smith, right, defends against South's Courtney Jenkins on Thursday at North.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — It has already been somewhat of a trying season for the North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown girls lacrosse teams. With both coming into Thursday’s MVAL Antietam game at 0-3, one of them would walk out of Mike Callas Stadium holding their heads high.

With a relentless attack, the Hubs got the better of their rivals at home, defeating the Rebels 12-2.

“I told my team that the key to the game would be possession,” said South coach Bruce Buhrman. “I thought we did well in the beginning.”

South’s possession in the first half would be short-lived, lasting a little over two minutes before giving way to North’s lightning-quick offense. The Hubs (1-3) dominated the first half, scoring eight goals while keeping the Rebels scoreless. Maddie Palkovitz, Kelsey Smith and Cali Durning each scored two goals, along with scores by Alissa Miller and Kristen Mazzei.

“The first win always feels good,” said North coach Katie Eck. “Our program is growing. Not only do we have talent coming in from the feeder program, but we’ve come out with a brand new attitude: ‘All go, no quit.’”

The Hubs kept the pedal to the metal in the second half. Palkovitz tallied two more scores for a game-high four goals, and Smith got a hat trick with a score at 9:45. Patricia Tolbert rounded out North’s scoring.

“This feels amazing,” Palkovitz said. “We’ve had a lot of tough times and tough practices. It seems like we put it all together.”

“We’ve worked so hard. The only reason why we won tonight was because we worked as a team,” said Smith. “This one will get us pumped for the rest of the season.”

The Rebels (0-4) avoided the shutout when Anna Blevins scored at the 6:30 mark in the second half. Courtney Jenkins also scored for South.

“Both teams played hard and well,” said Buhrman. “My hat’s off to them.”

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