East Chapel Hill got nine goals and two assists from junior midfielder Sidney Holman and avenged a quarterfinal loss to Apex in last year’s NCHSAA girls lacrosse tournament with a 14-9 victory over the Cougars in a second-round playoff game Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.
East Chapel Hill (10-5) jumped out to a 4-0 lead off three goals in the opening minutes from Holman, but Apex rallied to get within 7-4 at halftime and tied the game midway through the second half. Mia Castagnero made it a 7-7 game with 16:22 left in the game, when she scored her third straight goal.
The score was 8-8 after a goal by Madeline Bromley off a free position with 14:45 remaining.
East Chapel Hill’s Quinn Cullen answered with a free position goal less than 50 seconds later, and Holman added two more goals just 16 seconds apart to give the Wildcats and 11-8 lead with 13:07 to play.
Apex, the defending NCHSAA champion, ended its year at 16-3.
Castagnero led the Cougars’ scoring with five goals and an assist.
“The girls fought so hard. We were down 6-1 and we fought back to tie it,” said Apex head coach Sarah Fellows. “It was a great, hard fight. We told the girls that we didn’t lose this game, we just ran out of time.”
Fellows credited senior captains Marybeth Burriss and Katie Burnet for controlling the midfield and helping to feed the ball to Castagnero during the comeback.
“Lacrosse is a game of momentum, and if you control the ball you can really get things swinging,” Fellows said. “We had that momentum coming out of the halftime with those three quick goals. After that, Sidney really stepped up for their team and became a leader.”
Katherine Smith scored six goals and Campbell Stanley added five. Maggie Auslander and Mackenzie Koeller each scored four goals each.
Green Hope (17-0) will play Wilmington Hoggard (15-2) in the third round. Hoggard defeated Wakefield 15-9.