Cardinal Gibbons remained undefeated Friday with a 20-3 win over Chapel Hill to extend the Crusaders’ record to 5-0 under first-year Gibbons coach Patricia Alexander.
The Crusaders have outscored opponents 94-38 this season, but the Crusaders don’t take their success lightly, Alexander said.
“There is no complacency. I know some people will look at Gibbons and see scores and think, ‘Oh, they’re just cruising by.’ We have put game film in and so much time into educating ourselves to get better and better, working individually and then as a team,” she said. “I just see us keep getting better with our offensive motion, our midfield transition and defensively. There’s no resting. It’s so early and each game we’ve gotten better individually and a team. It’s awesome.”
Sophomore Jordan Lappin got things started for the Crusaders, scoring four of the game’s first five goals in the opening six minutes. The Crusaders held a 12-2 lead at the half, allowing for a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Lappin finished with a game-high six goals and one assist. Freshman Elizabeth Wilson added four goals, and junior Erica Skowron chipped in three goals and three assists. Nine Gibbons players scored in the win.
“I just saw some open lanes that my teammates cleared for me, so I took it, but the scoring on our team is so sporadic that anybody can be hot one day and today was just my day,” Lappin said. “We’re really young this year, but we have really great leadership from our seniors, and I think that’s really important. The seniors are really shaping the freshmen, and I’m a sophomore. I think that being young is really good, but the senior leaders are really going to help the freshmen and sophomores develop into better players.”
Lappin is one of nine underclassmen playing for a Gibbons program that has made the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls lacrosse quarterfinals or semifinals the past four years.
“Our seniors are trickling down because we have six freshmen on the varsity team this year, so they’re teaching them the legacy of Gibbons as they continue to build, and they’ve been through a few coaches now so we’re just trying to find their stride and what works,” Alexander said. “They’re also great players and anchors for our team this year.
“My expectations for this season are just to take it step-by-step and progress. Fundamentally we have a lot of good individuals, but we’re working on the overall dynamics of a team and understanding the value and importance of an entire team win.”