In a redemption game from the way last season ended, the Broughton girls lacrosse team defeated visiting Hoggard High from Wilmington 11-9 to advance to next week’s Final Four.
The No. 2 seed in the East region, the Capitals, who fell to Wakefield by one with an East final berth on the line last year, also cruised to a 20-goal win over Heritage and an 11-goal victory against East Chapel Hill to get back to the fourth round.
“We’re excited. Everyone knows how our season ended last year,” said Broughton coach Jen Yoder. “To go into halftime down, we were nervous. We were able to come out and play hard in the second half and come up with the win in the end. I couldn’t be any prouder of this team. We don’t care who we play on Tuesday. We’re in the regional finals. We’re so excited.”
It was something of a rarity for Broughton. The Capitals (17-1) had not been in a close game since the middle of April when they defeated Ashley by five; and before that, there was the lone loss - a seven-goal defeat to Charlotte’s Myers Park.
They are used to winning – and winning big. When the Vikings jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, and carried a 6-4 lead into halftime, Yoder kept telling her team to play their game – that the goals would eventually come.
“We needed to play our game and not let three goals rattle us,” Yoder said. “On Tuesday against East Chapel Hill we scored our first goal in 12 seconds. It’s not a big deal; chill out and go back to how we play our lacrosse because that’s how we win games.”
The Capitals broke out of their first-half funk by scoring two early second-half goals to tie the game. Then the teams went back-and-forth netting goals, getting the number of goals that both teams were accustomed in what was an unusually low-scoring game.
Broughton’s Carol Seigler, who finished with a game-high five goals, broke two different ties, and then iced the game as her final goal gave her team a two-goal advantage with two minutes left to play.
“It’s unbelievable; it’s exhilarating. I’m so proud of our team,” said Seigler. “I feel like we did a good job of not panicking and realizing the urgency of needing to score, keeping possession, and not make dumb passes. ... Having the sight of a state championship in our vision is crazy. It’s a lot of fun. This was an exhilarating win”
Hoggard (15-3) fought to the very end.
As their lead dwindled in the second half, Kendall Goldblum kept making plays to keep her team in it. Goldblum finished with eight points (three goals, five assists). Her assist to Alyssa Cook tied the game at 8-all at the 10-minute mark. She assisted on Emma Hall’s goal with 2:13 left to play to cut the Broughton lead to one until Seigler’s goal just 14 seconds later sealed victory.
“We knew (Goldblum) was going to be a big impact for them,” said Yoder. “But we can’t worry too much about what one player on their team is doing; we can’t let that affect how we’re playing. We could have shut her down a little bit better but I think we did enough to keep her from being too big of an impact that we couldn’t recover from.”