The Cardinal Gibbons girls lacrosse team learned two things about themselves versus Broughton, and both equal trouble for their remaining postseason opponents.
The Crusaders defeated the Capitals 20-8 in the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs and discovered that, one, they can still dominate even the area’s best teams and, two, they still have room to grow.
“I don’t think we’ve reached our peak yet,” player Morgan Winstead said. “I think we are going in that direction.”
That direction could be a state championship appearance if things keep going well for Gibbons. The Crusaders have been dominant in two games this postseason, outscoring their oppontents 45-13.
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Against the Caps, Gibbons jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead, and didn’t let up after intermission.
Winstead talked about getting ahead early, wanting to “set the tone” for the rest of the playoffs. Gibbons did that by scoring a flurry of goals after Broughton struck first to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams traded goals for the next five minutes, with Gibbons going ahead by two, 5-3, after a goal from Erica Skowron, one of five goals by the junior.
Two more goals and an assist to Jordan Lappin by Skowron made it 8-4 in favor of Gibbons at the 14:34 mark and the Crusaders suddenly found their groove. A hat trick in a four minute span by Skowron, two goals by Elizabeth Wilson and two by Morgan Manning put the game out of reach.
“Peak hasn’t happened yet,” Gibbons coach Patricia Alexander said. “We are still adjusting. We have about four things that we are going to make adjustments, things that we didn’t do great at the end of that game. We’ll make adjustments the next two days of practice.”
Wilson, Lappin, Sarah Boney and Helen Collier each had netters in the second half for the Crusaders. One thing of concern, as minor as it might be, is that the opponent struck first in the first two games. One thing Alexander likes, is her team always responds.
“We stay really calm and composed,” Alexander said. “We don’t fall apart. We just fine-tune a few things that we weren’t doing earlier and we just take off from there.”
Gibbons boys crush Orange
The Cardinal Gibbons boys lacrosse team spent the first half against Orange working on its scoring and used the second half to perfect its passing.
The Crusaders scored all 19 of their goals in the first half of a 19-1 win over the Panthers, spending the second half playing keep away, melting down the clock in a contest that was decided before halftime.
Jack Zarnick scored four goals in the first half, Nick Forbes added two, Mark Schachte contributed with three netters and Daniel Tracy and Kevin Berry each added a couple. Other scorers for the Crusaders were Conner Scanlin, Jack Shelton, Jack Ryan and Charles VanDyke.