CARY — In a varsity lacrosse doubleheader hosted by Green Hope, the Falcons girls fell to Cardinal Gibbons 17-6, while the boys defeated Cedar Ridge 13-9.
Gibbons girls 17, Falcons 6: Twice in the last three years, Cardinal Gibbons has lost in the playoffs to the eventual girls lacrosse champion. Though that fact brings some comfort to the end of postseason runs, the Crusaders are hoping this year they’re the ones raising the trophy.
Gibbons (9-2, 6-0), No. 2 in The News & Observer area rankings and already Conference 4 champions, got seven goals from Shelby Scanlin and five assists from Erica Skowron (two goals). Nicole Knape had two goals and one assist; Jordan Lappin had five goals; and Sydney Anderson had one goal.
“The only two games we’ve lost were against Charlotte teams, and I just don’t think we played to our full potential. It was obvious, to me at least, that we could’ve beaten them,” Scanlin said. “When we give it our all and we’re working together extremely well, like we did in the Apex game, we’ll be able to be those teams.”
No. 7 Green Hope (5-3, 3-2) trailed 10-4 at halftime. The Falcons had goals from Mackenzie Koeller, Lilly Stanley (two), Maddie McKinley and Quincy Smith (two). Avery Hidalgo, Stanley, Smith and McKinley had one assist each.
Goalie CiCi Adamson had double-digit saves, but the Falcons couldn’t keep the pressure off her.
“Defensively we’ve stepped up and play a lot better. We’ve just got to possess the ball better,” Green Hope coach Logan Hill said. “We’ve got to work on ground balls in practice.”
Falcons boys 13, Cedar Ridge 9: Playing its only nonconference game of the season, Green Hope went up 5-0 to start, thanks in part to multiple saves from freshman Conor Ryan, but the 3A Red Wolves whittled the lead to 6-5 in the third quarter.
A timeout by coach John Larkin fired the team up, however, and Green Hope regained control of the game.
“At first we were playing kind of lazy. We were just doing whatever we could to score, we weren’t really doing what (Larkin) said,” said sophomore Harrison Wynne. “But then as it started to bite us in the butt, we started to listen to him, slow it down and score some goals. Do it his way, not our way, as he says.”
Wynne had four goals (one assist), Wilson Booth three, Tucker Burkinshaw two (one assist) and Dana Kelly, Will McClain, Matt Walla and Nolan Paussa (three assists) each had one.
Cedar Ridge had even scoring: Graham Tobin with two goals led the way while Sean Tobin, Jackson McJunkin, Jack Widman, Cole Churchill, Demetrius Lyles, Ryan Weaks and Jeff Williams each added one.
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