Stacie Ochoa passes the ball for Whitewater.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
Friday night saw the Starr's Mill and Whitewater girls lacrosse teams stage an exciting battle. The Lady Wildcats put up an impressive fight before the Panthers pulled away late with a 14-8 victory.
Starr's Mill came in a presumed favorite with an 8-2 record and a top 15 statewide ranking. Whitewater gave them all they could handle much of the night.
The Wildcats struck first. Theresa Lasal's feed to Jess Goergen for a goal put Whitewater ahead 1-0 early.
That opening strike must have woken up Starr's Mill, who scored four unanswered goals. Meghan Mills, Abby Feltner, Alyssa Sack, and Kelli Wade each put one in to make it a 4-1 game.
Whitewater answered back with two goals, including more Goergen scoring, to narrow the deficit to one goal. Starr's Mill bumped it up to 7-3 on goals from Sack, Brandi Sherman, and Katie Wilson.
Whitewater then got goals from Anslee Broome and Jenine Brideau to trim it back to a two goal game. Meghan Mills picked up her second goal of the half on an assist from Katie Wilson to make it 8-5 Starr's Mill in the waning minutes. Whitewater had one more up their sleeve. Goergen worked her way through the defense and fired a shot that found the back of the net just before the buzzer. In fact, the clock read 0:00.1 when she scored to make it a 8-6 game at halftime.
Brandi Sherman started the Panthers second half off with a goal. Jenine Brideau answered back to make it a 9-7 game. Whitewater would not get any closer.
Starr's Mill soon ratcheted up the offense enough to pull away. Save for another Broome goal for Whitewater, it was all Panthers the rest of the way. Christine Landgren, Kelli Wade, Abby Feltner, Alyssa Sack, and Meghan Mills all scored in the second half as the Panthers held on for a 14-8 victory. Starr's Mill goalie Rachael Treon had six saves in the win.