RALEIGH — Broughton began Thursday’s nonconference match against Athens Drive as the aggressor, but Caps coach Patricia Alexander knew the Jaguars would make a surge.
It took nearly five minutes for Athens Drive to get on the board, at which point the visiting Jags used a 4-1 run to take the lead and begin what would be a back-and-forth battle, including four first-half ties.
“I knew it was going to be a back and forth game,” Alexander said. “I knew it was going to be a hard-fought battle, and I think our girls were going over what we’ve been practicing and executing and just kind of going back to the basics with motion and our fundamentals and I think that paid off.”
Broughton junior midfielder Sydney Fry scored one of her game-high seven goals with 6.2 seconds remaining in the first half, giving the Caps their first lead since the 17:53 mark. Broughton (4-1) never trailed again, taking a 19-15 win.
“We just wanted it and we weren’t going to leave the field not having it,” Alexander said. “I’m really proud of our girls. We dug deep and we felt like we had worked really hard and we were really strong and I think we weren’t going to leave the field without a ‘W.’”
The Caps controlled possession in the second half, doubling Athens Drive’s shot attempts and draw wins.
Kelsey Dupere and Sara Joyner added three goals for Broughton each. Fry and Dupere each also dished two assists apiece.
“Of the four years I’ve been here, this is probably the most in-depth team we’ve had, so I’m not afraid to go to my bench and I know we’ll be fine,” Alexander said, as both teams prepared to head back into conference play the next day. “This is by far the strongest team depth-wise and lacrosse IQ-wise and we want it and we’re all on the same page, so I see us going really far into the postseason.”
Kayla Young, Madeline Bromley and Erin Kenedy led the Jaguars with three goals a piece. Bromley and Haley Jay Lohmiller each added two assists.
Athens Drive entered the game coming off of two one-point losses, including a double overtime loss to Conference 2 rival Green Hope a week earlier.
“I’m hoping that since we’ve had some tough games early against good teams, that will pay off later down the road,” Athens Drive coach Jennifer Brunsting said. “It’s certainly not where we want to be, but there’s a lot of stuff to build on and there’s lot of games to play.”