Weiss, Evans and MacKenzie chat with us post-game.
South Carroll did something Tuesday evening no Cavaliers girls lacrosse team had been able to do in the program's history — beat Century.
That long drought came to an end when the Cavaliers used a four-goal run in the second half to defeat the Knights 9-7. As the girls flooded the field in their black and gold jerseys to embrace sophomore goalie Julia Weiss, coach Brigid McTavish and her assistants embraced on the sideline.
Riley Evans, Mia Mackenzie, and Julia Weiss could hardly form words to describe their excitement after the game. The Cavs were 0-18 all-time against the Knights before Tuesday's game.
"It's just so exciting," Evans said. "We've wanted this for so many years and leading up to it, this was the one game all year we really wanted to win and we came out and showed it."
Evans, a junior midfielder, scored two goals and added an assist for the Cavaliers (7-0, 3-0 in the county). MacKenzie and Kennedy Evans scored twice and Weiss made 13 saves in goal.
The Cavs were looking at a 5-2 deficit early in the second half, but got three straight tallies in about three minutes from Shannon Finch, MacKenzie and Evans to tie the game at 5-5. The Knights responded with two goals from a pair of freshmen — a free position shot from Madison Plitt, and a tally from Demma Hall.
Hall, who led the Knights with four goals, would be the last Century player to find the back of the net.
SC's Abbey Behn, a junior attacker, notched two of her four assists on goals by Evans and Paige Abbott. Century's Kelsey Morrison intercepted a South Carroll pass in midair with 9:22 remaining to get the Knights back on offense, but the ball became loose moments later and the Cavs picked it back up.
"We've all been playing together since we were younger and I think we came together a lot tonight," Evans said. "They threw at us a couple things we've never seen this year and we worked on it a little bit in practice yesterday. I think today, we just came out and showed it."
Added Weiss: "We all have that heart and hustle. Our team chemistry, we all love each other and it just works."
Weiss has started every game in goal for the Cavaliers this season, in place of Christina White, who graduated last year. Replacing White was hard at first, Weiss said, but the Cavs' defense has since made her job in the net a bit easier as the season has progressed.
"Playing with them makes everything easier," Weiss said. "I just love our defense."
The Cavs scored twice more before the game came to an end. Hall scored two of her four goals in the first half for the Knights (5-3, 2-2), good for a 4-2 lead at the half.
"I thought we kept fighting regardless of what the score was," Knights coach Becky Groves said. "I thought we did a very good job getting 50-50 balls, I thought there were a lot of 50-50 balls that would cause a turnover and they would get it back. I thought they did a good job going on that run when we got a card and unfortunately that was a span where we couldn't get the draw so they capitalized on that.
"As a team, we kept fighting and I think we're going to learn from this. South Carroll's good and I think some people underestimate them, but they are fast and athletic and I knew how good they were, but I think our team may not have known how good they were and I thought they did a good job tonight."
McTavish said her girls have reminded her and assistant coach Rachel Bartee of intra-county droughts the Cavaliers have faced, but McTavish said it was time to get it back. Tuesday's matchup proved what the team has been working so hard for, she added.
"They've worked so hard for me since Day One, the seniors to the freshmen, every single year they come back to me," McTavish said. "They've made progress every single year and gotten better to build their confidence and just to see them grow into these young athletes that they are is just so amazing.
"They work so hard to get there and this game really helps to show them that they deserve things like this and that they're ready, they're ready."