Wilde Lake's girls lacrosse team was in an unusual spot for much of Wednesday afternoon’s game against visiting South Carroll. The Wildecats, who have won just two other games this season, were in the lead.
In fact, they led the whole way.
“It’s hard, we’ve never been in that position. We’re always the team that is crawling back, crawling back. It was a different position for them to be in,” said Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida.
Wilde Lake led by two goals late in the game but South Carroll managed to tie the score, 14-14.
The Cavaliers had an opportunity to win the game when they were awarded an 8-meter free position shot with 5 seconds to play. Wilde Lake goalie Lauren Hutchison made the save and the game went into overtime.
Two overtime periods are played in girls lacrosse.
Wilde Lake’s Grayson Corbett took care of all her team’s scoring in overtime. She had three goals to up her day’s total to nine goals. She also had an assist.
“Grayson finds a second gear, third gear and fourth gear every single game,” Procida said. ”She’s double- and triple-teamed and she always finds a way to break through.”
Corbett wasn’t the whole scoring show for the Wildecats. Freshman Kate Glaros had six goals and senior Rachel Lazris added two.
With 1:40 left in the second overtime half, Wilde Lake was up by one and Corbett had the ball. The Wildecats contemplated running out the clock but decided to try to score instead. Corbett tallied and Wilde Lake kept the ball by getting the next draw.
“I told them they needed to want to get that draw more than anything they’ve ever wanted in their life,” Procida said.
Corbett came up with the ball. It was one of nine draw controls she had during the game.
The victory was a team effort, though.
“Everyone contributed today,” Procida said. “Everybody is really stepping up. My defense is holding their own and it is impressive to watch.”
Wilde Lake was playing its second game in two days. Tuesday, Wilde Lake lost to Atholton, 17-8, but Procida points out that with 4 minutes remaining the score was 13-8.
The back-to-back effort left Wilde Lake’s players exhausted.
“There wasn’t even a lot of cheering at the end,” Procida said. “They were just so tired.”
Wilde Lake won’t have long to relish its victory. The team faces River Hill on Friday, Reservoir on Monday and Long Reach on Tuesday.
Wilde Lake 17, South Carroll 15
Goals: WL – Grayson Corbett 9, Kate Glaros 6, Rachel Lazris 2. SC – Cooper 3, Noel 3, Mallon 2, Rock 2, Kestler 2, Gold 2, Leffler.
Assists: WL – Grayson Corbett. SC – Leffler, Maleski.
Saves: WL – Lauren Hutchison 8, Eolandae Brown 2. SC – name not available 2, Hataloski 7.
Halftime: Wilde Lake, 9-7.