HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s girls lacrosse team got the best of its crosstown rival on Tuesday, defeating South Hagerstown 18-5 to remain perfect in MVAL Antietam play.
Kayla and Leah Peterson led the Hubs (8-1, 6-0) with five goals each, while Maddie Palkovitz and Anna Compton each had hat tricks.
“We tried to use the clock to our advantage today to set up our offense,” said North coach Katie Eck. “Sometimes its the quality of goals over the quantity.”
South (0-9, 0-7) drew first blood on Jennifer Harman’s goal, but the Rebels were overwhelmed by six straight goals from North.
Leah Peterson and Palkovitz each scored twice and Kayla Peterson and Suzie Bechtell added goals before South notched a second goal by Heather Callahan.
“It’s still a growing process for us,” said South coach Bruce Buhrman. “Our girls are very young and some of our starters have never played lacrosse before. North has excellent ball skills that are hard to defend.”
The Hubs led 10-3 at the half and got early goals by Kayla Peterson, Compton and Cali Durning to start the running clock three minutes into the second half.
The Rebels were led by Callahan, who scored three of South’s goals. Callahan was able to slide past North’s defense and beat goalie Emma Moss on backhanded shots for all three of her scores.
“(Heather) has worked very hard to perfect her backhand,” Buhrman said. “I figured (North) would key on it, but she was able to replicate the shot very well.”
“Our team mentality will take us to our defense,” Eck said. “You can score all you want, but if you don’t play defense you’ll be in trouble.”
Mikala Stephenson also scored in the second half for South.
Palkovitz had two assists for the Hubs, while Samantha Culp and Kayla Peterson had one each.