Towson pulls away with 9-goal surge in girls lacrosse win over Franklin

Towson High broke a 9-9 tie with eight straight goals in a span of 8:50 in the second half on the way to a 19-13 victory at Franklin High on Friday evening.

Freshman Maggie Schneidereith (5 goals, 4 assists), sophomore Hope Lockwood (5 goals, 1 assist) and senior Sophia Buck (4 goals, 2 assists) led the scoring barrage for the Generals (4-1).

Schneidereith had three assists during the 9-goal run and her sophomore teammate praised her passing from behind the net.

“I wouldn’t have scored if she didn’t feed me the ball,” Lockwood said. “She has really good feeds. That’s what she does and she takes the 1 V 1’s to the goal too.”

First-year Towson coach Jamie Giffuni also enjoyed the work of the freshman who earned her playing time.

“There is no starting 12,” Giffuni said. “They all fight for every minute they get. She earned those minutes. That’s why she didn’t come out.”

The Generals took control of the game when Franklin junior Julie Johnston was sidelined, after receiving her second yellow card with 18:23 left in the second half.

At the time, Towson had just taken a 10-9 lead on Lockwood’s goal off a feed from Aylish Ptak (2 goals, 2 assists).

Lockwood’s tally stopped a run of three straight goals — by Frankin’s Eleanor Kaestner (5 goals), Samantha Pavsner (6 goals) and Lyla Robinson (1 goal).

Johnston was motivated by Franklin coach Molly Koehler’s pre-game words.

“Before every game I give everybody a goal to work on and her goal today was to play like you love the game and she showed me she made her goal, she loves the game.”

Johnston helped the Indians (3-5) win nine of the first 14 draws in the first half, when they built a 6-4 lead on a goal by Pavsner with 8:28 left in the first half.

But Towson closed the half with goals by Ptak, Schneidereith, Sara Beach (1 goal) and Madeline Tribbe (1 goal, 3 assists) and led 8-6.

The Generals also got a boost on the draw circle in the second half from Ptak, Tribbe and Audrey Chesser as they won 11 of 18 draws in the second half.

Haley Hicklen (9 saves) was strong in goal and she was supported by consistent defense from senior Julie Wright and juniors Olivia Davis and Aria Williams.

“Defense can step up as long as we can finish those ground balls they are going to be very solid to get past,” Giffuni said.

Despite losing, Koehler saw improvement in her young squad that had only one senior in the lineup.
“They have to give each other positives to get them to work together as a team,” Koehler said.

Although she is only a junior, Pavsner proved her captaincy with clutch goals.

“She is definitely a leader on the team,” Koehler said. “She’s smart and she knows the game and she definitely helps everyone else come together.”

On the other side, Giffuni was happy to see younger players like Schneidereith and Lockwood play prominent roles.

“We have a lot of young kids out there and they just have to get that confidence in themselves,” Giffuni said.

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