After losses in its first three matches of the season, the last thing the Sanderson girls lacrosse team probably wanted to face Tuesday evening was an early two-goal deficit.
The Spartans got things going in a positive direction soon enough, however, scoring 10 straight goals at one point on their way to a 18-4 victory over visiting Rolesville.
Paighton Hill and Madi Blashaw scored five goals each and Rachel Gilbert added three goals and an assist for Sanderson (1-3). Noelle Isaac had three goals to pace Rolesville (0-3).
“I think this could get things going,” said Sanderson senior co-captain Merritt Dickinson. “This should encourage the older players and the younger players to work together as a team instead of as individuals. I think it will get things rolling for us.”
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The Rams led 3-1 when Crystin Williams scored with 16 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the first half. That lead would be erased just over three minutes later, when Hill knotted the score at 3 with a goal from close range with 13:55 to go.
Hill put Sanderson ahead to stay when she weaved through traffic before beating Rams goalie Mike Hairston for a goal with 12:32 left to make it 4-3. Seven more goals followed, including four by Blashaw, to push the lead to 11-3 before Rolesville finally halted the surge when Isaac tallied a goal with 17:20 to go in the second half.