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Girls Lacrosse: Warriors join club as varsity team with win

March 22, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — The Boonsboro girls lacrosse team walked off with its first varsity win Thursday evening in the season opener with Smithsburg.

With the game tied 10-10, Boonsboro’s Tori Poffenberger netted the game-winning goal with 24.9 seconds remaining to secure the Warriors’ first-ever varsity win with an 11-10 victory.

“We started as a club team in 2009,” Boonsboro coach Susan Funke said. “We were able to raise the money and start a varsity program this year. But I still only have one girl on the team who played youth lacrosse, so everyone is still learning.”

Poffenberger’s game-winning goal capped a four-goal performance, while teammates Kiana Miller and Natalie Young each scored two goals for the Warriors.

Boonsboro fell behind 2-0 before scoring four straight goals to take the lead. The Warriors’ goals came in a seven-minute stretch in the first half.

“I think it was jitters on our part,” Smithsburg coach Jessica Clinger said. “If we could have had part of the first eight minutes back, I think it would have been different.”

Boonsboro added three more goals before halftime, while holding Smithsburg to two in the final 20 minutes of the half for a 7-4 lead at the break.

Smithsburg came out strong after halftime, scoring three times in the the first seven minutes of the second half to tie the game at 7-7.

“I talked to the defense at halftime and moved some people around,” Clinger said. “That helped us out and it gave some people a break.”

The Leopards grabbed a 9-8 lead — their first since the 16:18 mark of the first half. Taylor Cline added a goal to give Smithsburg a 10-8 lead with 8:26 remaining.

Boonsboro’s Courtney Ridenour tied the game at 10-10 with 4:18 remaining before Poffenberger won the game in the waning seconds.

“We played as a team and did well in transition,” Funke said. “But hats off to Smithsburg, they’re a good team with a great coach.”

Cline led Smithsburg with four goals, while Nadya Gutierrez finished with a hat trick for the Leopards.

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