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South Carroll surprises Owls in region title game Girls lacrosse


Fourth-seeded South Carroll continued its surprising run wit a come-from-behind 13-10 win over third-seeded Westminster last night to come away with the Class 4A-3A, Region I girls lacrosse title in Westminster.

The Cavaliers (9-5) trailed 4-0 after the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game but scratched their way back to take an 8-7 lead at the half and dominate the second half to move on to this weekend's state tournament.

Candice Blanchette led the way with four goals and an assist, and Tracie DiDio added three goals.

Patti Duffy's second goal with just over 10 minutes left in the game proved to be the game-winner.

"We just played an aggressive game; that's how we got here," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem.

"It wasn't so much skill, it was just our kids were so hungry -- they really wanted this and believed we could do it."

It looked as if the Owls (8-6) were going to run away with things at the start, scoring four goals on their first five shots to take a 4-0 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game.

Tinah Houck got things started 11 seconds in with an unassisted goal along the left side. Anitha Naganna scored the second and fourth goals and Kara Hedges scored in between. Naganna's second goal came at the 21:37 mark and prompted a South Carroll timeout.

The Cavaliers regrouped and dominated the remainder of the half -- taking the Owls out of their rhythm with solid checking and also getting to most of the ground balls.

"We were a little scattered at the start. They changed some positions of some of their attackers and we came out a little confused," Stem said.

"Once we got in a groove we knew we could do it. It was a great win."

When South Carroll's Blanchette drew Westminster keeper Danielle Fisher out of the cage and scooped an easy underhand shot in the open net, the Cavs' found themselves even with Westminster at 6.

Westminster got the lead back with a Nicole Batten goal, but DiDio scored a pair of goals to close out the half -- the second with under 30 seconds left -- to give the Cavs its first lead at 8-7.

Kara Hedges played a solid two-way game for the Owls and finished with three goals. Naganna and Houck had two each.

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