For the second time this season, the Chapel Hill girls’ lacrosse team got the better of their rivals, beating Carrboro 14-4 on senior night Tuesday. Both teams are already assured of a playoff berth next week.
Chapel Hill jumped on the Jaguars early and often as they scored the first 10 goals in the game’s opening 17 minutes. The Tigers were led by Anne Crabill’s four goals and senior Paige Haskins’ five points (two goals, three assists).
“I’m happy for our seniors,” said Chapel Hill coach Dan Segal. “They all played really well; they’ve given a lot to this team. They all worked really hard for four years and I’m happy they got this win tonight.”
Fellow senior Julie Park added an assist and a second-half goal, and senior Jane McMurry scored twice to go along with two assists.
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The Jaguars, who were on a three-game winning streak before losing back-to-back games against top opponents in Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons, will look to continue to build on their second-half play where they played even with the Tigers.
“The strength of schedule is something everyone needs to look at. We are fortunate to be in a very tough conference where you play the best teams in the state,” said Carrboro coach Mason Cox. “We continue to work on things that build us to win the first and second playoff game; our goal is to win the first two playoff games because it hasn’t happened at Carrboro.”
Alleigh Kempf opened the scoring four minutes into the game as the transition offense forced the Jaguar defense to scramble and opened up the scoring lanes. One minute later, Shannon Wulff tallied her first goal to give the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead.
Carrboro finally got on the board when Mackenzie Cox raced down the field, untouched, for her first of two goals. Three minutes later, Isabel Chung cut the Tiger lead to 10-2. But Kempf scored twice in the final 2:35 to get their lead back to double digits before halftime.
They said it
“I think this team is capable of making a good playoff run. It will come down to execution. When we play well, I feel like we can compete with anybody. Those games against the best teams comes down to winning 50/50 balls, and outhustling them, and taking advantage of opportunities.” – Chapel Hill coach Dan Segal.
By the numbers
10: The number of saves by Carrboro’s Abby Seagroves. Her counterpart on the other end, Olivia Rice had nine.
7: Total number of players who had goals for Chapel Hill
10: Chapel Hill outshot Carrboro 23-13 for the game.