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Girls lacrosse playoffs: Rebels fall in closing moments

May 09, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Karen Flores scored the game-winning goal for Northwood with 1.6 seconds remaining to lift the Gladiators over South Hagerstown 9-8 in the first round of the Maryland Class 3A-2A West girls lacrosse playoffs Wednesday night.

“(Flores) is a competitive student-athlete. She plays with heart and she’s talented and quick,” Northwood coach Carlos Montalvan said. “She’s not the tallest one on the field, but she’s a game-time player.”

Flores’s game-winning goal, which gave Northwood (3-10) its first playoff win in school history, came moments after South Hagerstown (0-13) had tied the game at 8-8.

Trailing 8-6, the Rebels scored twice in a span of a little more than a minute to knot the game. Heather Callahan’s team-high fourth goal made it 8-7, before Micahela Brewer tied the game at 8-8 with 1:41 remaining.

“The offense was the best we’ve been all season,” South coach Bruce Buhrman said. “We picked a great time to be good (offensively), but it didn’t work out for us.”

The Rebels never led, but the largest deficit they faced was just two goals, and they tied the game three different times.

Lizzie Sulc got Northwood going early, scoring the Gladiators’ first two goals. Callahan scored a goal for South in between Sulc’s two scores as Northwood led 2-1.

After a Northwood goal by Amanda Frew, Callahan and Jennifer Harmon each scored for South to even the game at 3-3. Sulc scored the final goal of the first half — finishing the game with a hat trick — to give the Gladiators a 4-3 halftime lead.

Both goalies played well despite the rainy conditions. Crystal Thompson made a spot start for the Gladiators because starting keeper Emerson Milam was scratched from her start due to an illness.

“(Thompson) has been with the program for four years and played great tonight,” Montalvan said. “We have a good core of seniors here, so it was nice to win for them.”

South goalie Jessica Quintanilla finished with 12 saves.

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