Two Cary schools traveled to Wilmington’s Hoggard High on Friday night in the second round of the lacrosse playoffs.
For the Green Hope boys, the long ride back had to have been fun. After trailing by four goals in the second half, the Falcons rallied for a 12-11 win against the Vikings, scoring the winning goal with 32 seconds to play.
The Panther Creek girls, however, saw their season end as Hoggard romped to a 17-4 win.
Green Hope’s comeback: Green Hope coach John Larkin saw an opportunity to change things up in the middle of the third quarter.
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“We figured out that if we were able to get our dodgers free and some room to go and we were able to bring some guys to them like cutters into the crease,” Larkin said.
The result was a fast-and-furious comeback from the Falcons (12-7), who took their first lead of the game with just 7:24 in the game, 11-10.
Hoggard answered with under three minutes to play and even had two shots on goal in the final 90 seconds. But Green Hope goalie Conor Ryan was up to the task.
On his second save with about 50 seconds left, he chucked the ball upfield.
It went to a Hoggard defender.
But the Vikings player’s ensuing pass was picked off by Tucker Burkinshaw (2 goals, 2 assists). He found Harrison Wynne, who was in almost-too-open territory.
“We knew we needed possession there,” Burkinshaw said. “I saw Harry wide open in the crease.”
Wynne (4 goals, 4 assists) may have been nervous but looked calm, beatting the goalie one-on-one with 32 seconds and it held up as the game-winner.
“You get really nervous in those situations,” Wynne said. “I faked but he didn’t go there and I had to pick another spot.”
Wilson Booth had two goals and Will McClain added one.
Nolan Paussa had three goal and an assist while Dana Kelly had just one assist.
Green Hope will be at Wakefield in the third round on Teusday.
PC falls short: Panther Creek (6-9) trailed 16-2 at halftime and was overmatched by a Hoggard team that has home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
The Catamounts’ only goals were scored by Kelly Kearnan (two), Megan Collins and Sarah Oechslin.
“Those girls fought hard. They really played together as a eam,” first-year PC coach Allison DuChon said. “I look forward to running our plays and having that base knowlege of the man-to--man defense. It can only improve from here. They started showing improvements this season so I can’t wait to see how stellar we’ll be next year.”
Hoggard will host Wakefield on Tuesday.