HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s girls lacrosse team came close but still couldn’t snap its winless streak against Middletown on Friday evening, as the Knights defeated the Hubs 14-11 in the quarterfinals of the Maryland Class 3A/2A West playoffs.
“Middletown is a great team. They’re well-coached and very classy,” said North coach Katie Eck. “Though we’ve never beaten them, I always enjoy playing against them.”
With Middletown up 13-9 with four minutes remaining, North (10-2) staged a late rally. Anna Compton and Leah Peterson scored to get the Hubs within two, but the Knights’ Erin Wein scored to put the game away and cap a four-goal, three-assist outing.
North and Middletown were tied 7-7 in the closing minutes of the first half when Kayla Peterson was called for a three-minute penalty. Julia Karcewski scored a man-advantage goal with 31 seconds remaining, and that’s when the wheels fell off for the Hubs.
Sam Barbeito scored 26 seconds into the second half, followed by three straight goals by Karcewski, who had six goals and two assists in the game.
“We gave away a lot of balls that we shouldn’t have today, and I think that’s what ultimately led to our demise,” said Eck.
North led 3-1 five minutes into the game on goals by Samantha Culp, Maddie Palkovitz and Kayla Peterson. Middletown fought back on goals by Wein and Madison Lewis, and from there the Hubs and Knights traded goal for goal.
The Peterson sisters once again handled the brunt of North’s scoring with eight goals between them. Leah Peterson led North’s scorers with six goals.
Despite the loss, Eck had nothing but good things to say about her team’s season.
“Overall, we were 10-2 this season. We’ve never been 10-2, and the girls worked very hard this season to get to that mark,” Eck said. “No one wants their season to end with a loss, but only one team can end on a win, right?”