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Girls Lacrosse: Peterson sisters power Hubs past Warriors

April 11, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — It’s somewhat commonplace for a team to have one dominant player. Not so often does a team have two dominant players, much less two standouts who are siblings.

North Hagerstown has that.

Leah and Kayla Peterson spearheaded a relentless offensive attack Thursday night for the Hubs and the result was an 18-3 throttling of county rival Boonsboro.

Leah Peterson racked up a staggering eight goals and two assists in North Hagerstown’s win, while Kayla Peterson added three goals and led the team with six assists.

“We like to get the Petersons involved early, build a lead we’re comfortable with and then try to take the pressure off them by moving the ball around,” North Hagerstown coach Rob Compton said.

Compton’s gameplan with the Petersons was executed nearly flawlessly. Leah Peterson scored the game’s first goal at the 22:47 mark in the first half. Kayla Peterson scored the next goal 30 seconds later and after a goal from teammate Maddie Palkovitz, Leah Peterson scored two more goals to put the Hubs up 5-0 within the first seven minutes.

“The Peterson girls are D-1 ready,” said Boonsboro coach Susan Funke. “My hat’s off to them, they’re very skilled players.”

Funke isn’t the only one who thinks the Petersons are ready for the apex of collegiate play, as both Leah and Kayla have verbally committed to play lacrosse at Vanderbilt University.

The Petersons weren’t the only ones to light up the scoreboard for the Hubs. Palkovitz, a senior captain, finished the game with four goals and an assist.

Boonsboro, however, struggled to find offense until later in the second half, when the game was all but over.

“My girls played hard but we just made some stupid mistakes,” Funke said. “It was a tough game but we need to clean it up and win more groundballs and more draws.”

Natalie Karlen had two goals and Dianna Brunner had one. Anna Compton added four assists.

Claudia Jenkins scored two goals for the Warriors (1-3) and Lillian Funke added one. Maeve Windsor made four saves.

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