CSAC championships: Phoenix lacrosse defeat Giants
The Phoenix women’s lacrosse team defeated Keystone College in overtime during a Colonial States Athletic Conference semi-finals championship home game Thursday. The #2-seeded Phoenix (4-4) defeated the #3-seeded Giants (2-3) in overtime by a final score of 7-6.
Wilson advances to Saturday’s CSAC Championship match hosted by the top-seeded Gators of Notre Dame of Maryland University.
How It Happened
The Phoenix jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the match. Sophomore Paige Reynolds (Keedysville, MD, Boonsboro High School) struck first with a free position goal just over two minutes into the opening half. A little over a minute later, freshman All-CSAC honoree Anna Gibson (Cecil County, MD, Perryville HS) ripped a shot past the Giants goalie for a 2-0 Phoenix advantage.
A goal by the Giants near the twenty-minute mark pulled the visitors within one point. During the next ten minutes, the Giants took two shots on goal. The last was a free position attempt, but freshman goalie Kyah Peifer (Lancaster, PA, Hempfield HS) came up with a huge save to preserve the Phoenix lead. After the save, the Phoenix moved quickly to the other end of the field. There senior All-CSAC honoree Michaela Singer (Annville, PA., Annville-Cleona) scored the first of her 3 goals on the afternoon. That pushed the Phoenix lead to 3-1.
Later the Giants again scored, making it 3-2 with three minutes left in the half. Freshman Megan Simms (Frederick, MD, Governor Thomas Johnson HS) hit on a free position attempt. The Phoenix took a 4-2 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Giants connected on two goals in the first ten minutes of action, tying the match at 4-4. Two quick responses followed for the Phoenix. Simms found Singer for her second goal and five minutes; and later Singer finished off her hat-trick with a solo shot to make it 6-4.
Sending the match into overtime
A goal by the Giants pulled them within one with seven minutes remaining. The Phoenix took possession with 30 seconds left in regulation; then a turnover in their own end gave the Giants life. They scored on a free position goal with twelve seconds remaining, sending the match to overtime tied at 6-6.
Midway through the overtime period, the Phoenix earned a free position attempt; and Simms connected for the game winner, sending the Phoenix to the championship game by a final score of 7-6.
Inside the Box Score
For the match the Phoenix held a 14-13 advantage in shots on goal including a 7-3 edge in free position shots. Singer scored 3 goals and it is the fourth time this season she has scored a hat-trick or more in a match.
Wilson travels to Notre Dame of Maryland University Saturday to compete for the CSAC Championship. A berth in the NCAA tournament is on the line.