The Perryville girls lacrosse team has taken a pretty good pounding the last couple of weeks as a result of playing in the Chesapeake Division of the UCBAC.
The Panthers (4-4) took a break from the tough schedule and visited rival Havre de Grace on Wednesday and the Panthers found their way back to the win column.
Led by freshman Jordan Carr's eight-goal effort, the Panthers defeated the Warriors, 20-14, at James R. Harris Stadium.
"We just had a lot of hard losses and we just wanted to come out and with like a strong win," Carr said. "So we all brought it together. We came out, gave it all we got. It got tight, but brought it together and we just went to goal."
The Panthers jumped ahead in the opening minute on Syd Bjork's goal. Jordan Carr then netted the first of her goals a couple minutes later for the 2-0 lead.
Havre de Grace (3-5) answered on goals from A'maya Green and Tailor Diaz to knot the score at 2.
Jordan Carr then fired off two straight goals and Bea Muscella batted the ball in for a goal and the lead was 5-2. Ashley Burkhardt scored her two goals back-to-back for Havre de Grace and the Warriors were back to within one, 5-4.
That's as close as the Warriors got the rest of the way. Jordan Carr's fourth goal was followed by older sister Maddie Carr's first goal. That started a 6-2 half-ending run for the Panthers, who led 11-6 at the half.
Jordan Carr then scored the first three Perryville goals of the second half and the lead jumped to seven, 14-7. Rachel Wilson's second of eight goals for the Warriors was the only thing stopping an 5-0 Panthers run.
Down, 16-7, Havre de Grace opted for a timeout. It helped as the Warriors went on their own 5-0 run to tighten things up a bit with 8:15 left. Wilson scored four of the five and the Warriors trailed, 16-12.
Muscella (three goals) and Maddie Carr (three goals) put an end to the Warrior run and pushed the Perryville lead back to seven, 19-12, with 5:25 to play.
Wilson closed out her night with her final two goals and Claire Hudson ended all scoring with her lone goal with just :06 to play.
"Scoring eight goals is definitely something I want to achieve and I want to keep scoring and helping out team out. I want to help the team any way I can," Wilson said.
Bjork finished with three goals for Perryville. Chloe Ports and Didem Akbay also had a goal each. Abbie Jones (five saves) and Makynzie Barton (four saves) shared duties in the Perryville goal.
Green finished with two goals for Havre de Grace. Caraline Cypher had seven saves for the Warriors before giving way to Andrea Cubberley (two saves) early in the second half.