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Girls Lacrosse: Hubs use midfield as the beginning of end for Railroaders

March 27, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s midfield play was dominant, but Leah Peterson was superior.

Peterson had six goals and an assist on Tuesday — matching her totals from North’s season-opening victory — in a 14-5 drubbing of Brunswick.

Peterson scored four times in the first half, half of the eight goals the Hubs (2-0) scored before intermission. Maddie Palkovitz added two of her three goals, including one assisted by Peterson, while Deanna Brunner and Kayla Peterson each scored once.

“Our midfield play was outstanding tonight,” said North Hagerstown coach Katie Eck. “We have a few girls with standout potential, but this was a team effort. A team win. That’s what’s important.”

The Hubs kept the pressure on in the second half as they spent the majority of the game in Brunswick’s end to amass 25 shots on goal for the game.

Leah Peterson netted her last two goals and Palkovitz finished her hat trick with 12.3 seconds left in the contest. Suzie Bechtel, Anna Compton and Samantha Culp rounded out North’s scoring.

“Our offensive ride was the story of the game,” said Eck. “Being able to keep possession and force more shots on their goal was what gave us the edge.”

Brunswick was led by Tara Shriver and Lauren O’Connell, who each netted two goals to give the Railroaders four of their five goals. Kendall Hutchins added the final score for Brunswick (1-1).

“We picked it up in the second half and we came out and played them tough, but I wish we could have flipped the halves,” said Brunswick coach Mike Harrington. “The Hubs are a good team. They played tough and picked up our offense.”

JV: Brunswick, 12-2 (B: Carly Cooper 6 goals; NH: Sara Troxell, Kelly Peitro 1 goal each).

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