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Falcons fly into East final

After she receives her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill this Sunday, Abby Mead will be getting closer to her move to New York City at the end of the summer to work for J.P. Morgan. It’s a bit of a contrast to her more short-term plan: to win two more games.

Mead is a non-faculty head coach of Green Hope’s girls lacrosse team, which is through to next week’s East championship after a 19-7 stomping of host Wilmington Hoggard on Thursday night.

Mead will walk the stage on Sunday. Within the next six days, she’ll know whether or not her Falcons can complete an undefeated season. The state title game will be played next Saturday.

“This team and this season has a special place for me,” Mead said.

In the previous two postseasons, the Falcons (18-0) had played at Hoggard (15-3) to a one-goal win 2011 and a one-goal loss in 2010. This year’s edition wasn’t nearly as close as Green Hope wasted little time in flexing their offensive firepower for the Wilmington crowd.

The Falcons scored four goals in the game’s first four minutes and mounted a 10-1 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. Green Hope went up double digits just before the break, leading 13-3, to start the rolling clock.

Junior Maggie Auslander – a North Carolina recruit – had a game-high six goals, and teammate Katherine Smith added five.

“We were just really prepared for this,” said Smith, who transferred to the area from Texas in the winter. “Everyone hustles, everyone works together so well. We just all click, and our teamwork is awesome.”

The rolling clock continued for most of the second half as the Falcons continued to beat Hoggard (15-3) on draws and continue possession.

“The connection between defense, midfield and offense is working for us,” Mead said. “It just so happened to work to perfection tonight.”

Rounding out scoring for Green Hope was Campbell Stanley (three), Mackenzie Koeller (four) and Julie Hagan (one).

The Falcons’ East final opponent will be either Cardinal Gibbons or East Chapel Hill, who face off on Friday.