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S. Carroll holds on for 11-9 win


The comments from the opposing coaches would lead you to believe the team that won had actually lost, and vice versa.

South Carroll coach Stacy Stem, whose Cavaliers escaped with an 11-9 win at North Carroll last night, had no explanation: "I don't know what happened, we just didn't show up."

North Carroll's Denean Koontz, whose Panthers battled back from a 9-4 halftime deficit only to run out of clock, was proud: "One thing I'll say about this team, they play with a lot of heart -- win, lose or draw."

The same South Carroll team that took undefeated and No. 5 Liberty to the limit before falling 10-7 earlier in the week was pleased to hear the final whistle blow against a Panthers squad that just kept pressing in the second half. It was just last week North Carroll dropped a 21-2 decision to Liberty.

That's just how things go in girls lacrosse in Carroll County.

"When you play a county game, there's so much emotion you can't go by what other teams did against you," Koontz said.

The Panthers (4-5) scored four of the last five goals of the game, starting their charge with just under 15 minutes to play when they trailed 10-5.

Stacy Cook scored her third goal with 3:35 left to make it 11-8 and Kerry Gambrill added her second at the 1:05 mark, but the Cavaliers (5-2) gained control of the ball and burned the rest of the clock.

Allison Cain had four goals and an assist with Melissa Gettemy and Jamie Yokay adding two goals each to lead the Cavaliers, who also got a stellar effort from Erin Nauyalis in goal.

Nauyalis made nine saves and kept the Panthers from starting their run earlier with three saves off point-blank shots early in the second half.

The Cavaliers appeared to have things under control in the first half, always a step ahead of North Carroll in building the five-goal margin.

Leading 6-4 with just under five minutes before intermission, Cain scored back-to-back goals and Danielle Picker scored in the closing seconds.

"It's very hard to make up a five-goal deficit," Koontz said. "We were having a lot of trouble opening things up in the first half, but gave it our all [in the second half]."

Stem was more pleased with her team's effort in the losing cause at Liberty, than the win the Cavs got last night.

"We've improved every day from day one until today -- it's disappointing," she said.

"We played well at Liberty and lost, but I was happy with the effort. I like to think we're a pass and catch team, but tonight there was no connection or communication. We were just flat. North Carroll played very aggressive and their goalie [Carol Wiegel] had a nice game."

Wiegel (eight saves) did a good job keeping the Panthers in striking distance with some key saves in the first half.

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