CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Country Day rallied in the last five minutes to defeat Ravenscroft 14-12 Saturday in the NCISAA girls lacrosse championship match in Charlotte.
Ravenscroft, which is fielding only its second girls lacrosse team, led 12-10 with five minutes left.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Country Day," Ravenscroft coach Kerry Norman said. "It was really a hot day, and it never let up.
"We missed on a couple of key drops right at the end, and I think we could have held on if we had gotten possession, but just couldn't quite make the play. I really couldn't ask anymore of our girls, though. We played great, and we had a tremendous year. We just ran out of time."
In the preseason, Norman hoped the Ravens would win a game in the postseason. The goal was lofty considering that eventual 2009 state champion Durham Academy pounded the Ravens 17-1 in their only tournament experience a year ago.
"The girls worked so hard in the offseason," Norman said. "And Phil Robinson came on as an assistant coach, and he made a big difference in our attack. It was such a great year. After we won our first playoff game, it became surreal.
"We gave a great effort today, but just couldn't quite win."
Siblings Caroline Margolis and Hillary Margolis led the Ravens with six goals each. They and Kristine Kapatos were named to the NCISAA all-state team.
"We had great leadership all year," Norman said. "One of the things that I am most proud of is that we got better every game. We kept improving as we went along. One of the best parts of the season was to watch as the girls gained confidence in themselves."
The game went back and forth as the teams swapped momentum and goals. Until the final second, the title match was a one-goal game. Country Day scored as the final horn sounded.
"At that point, the clock had run out and we were behind. That was it," Norman said. "But it was that sort of game. It came down the final seconds."
Ravenscroft, the No. 2 seed, finished 14-5. Country Day was 12-3.