With 11:35 to play, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack cut Lakeside’s lead to 8-7. That’s when the Lady Panthers re-took contol of the lacrosse match.
The Lady Panthers held the ball for five minutes, scoring two more in that time frame, and went on to the 12-8 win Thursday night.
And there was more on the line than just county bragging rights. The victory keeeps the Lady Panthers in the hunt for a state playoff berth while the Lady Wolfpack were eliminated.
“We still have three more games, but we’re out for the playoffs,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Mark Leszczynski, whose team dropped to 5-5, 1-4 Area 4-AAAAA-A.
The Lady Panthers 5-2, 2-2, have a big game at home against Decatur Saturday that would all but clinch a spot in the state tournament with a win.
“Winning a region game is awesome, but being able to beat your rival is also a really great part of it,” said the junior midfielder Quinnlyn Diehl, who played the entire 50 minutes.
Diehl, along with Esther Chin and Kathleen Tynan each scored three goals, Ellie Jones scored twice and had two assists and Courtney Cox also added one.
After the Lady Wolfpack closed to within 8-7, Jones fed Tynan in front of the net for a goal and they won the ensuing draw. Chin scored her third goal on an assist from Tynan with 7:41 to play then the Panthers won the draw once more and didn’t give the ball back until six and a half minutes remained in the game, leading 10-7.
“Our draws have improved,” said Lady Panthers head coach Curt Gary simply.
Tynan had her ideas about why the Lady Panthers won.
“I think just going to goal, maybe like selling a route and working as a team,” said Tynan.
Lakeside goalie Savannah Jane Duncan stopped four shots the rest of the way and finished with 16 for the night.
The Lady Panthers were cruising with a 6-2 lead with seven and a half minutes left in the first half. Trailing 6-2, the Lady Wolfpack took back the momentum scoring three goals in under a minute. Sarah Mork scored first, then Kierstyn McElhannon scored two goals in a span of 19 seconds, but Lakeside held on to the 6-5 lead heading into the break.
In addition to McElhannon, Mork and Abby Ballad scored twice for the Lady Wolfpack.
While the Lady Panthers were missing two players, the Lady Wolfpack were also missing a key cog in senior Savannah Allen who has been injured and out since March 9.
“If we could have gotten Savannah healthy. She really runs the offense for us from behind, keeps the ball patient,” Leszczynski said.