ECH boys, girls advance to lacrosse semifinals
East Chapel Hill’s Sydney Holman netted 10 goals to power the Wildcats past Cardinal Gibbons 16-14 on Friday and into the semifinals of the 4-A girls’ lacrosse playoffs.
The game didn’t come down to which team wanted it more, the coaches for both teams agreed. Both squads battled fiercely.
The Wildcats played a little bit smarter than the Crusaders, and that was the key to the win, ECH coach Michelle Michaels said.
“It just comes down to who’s going to make less mistakes,” Michaels said. “I think we made less mistakes. ... I think our defense was really good, and that made the difference.”
Gibbons coach Taylor Chumney, who was on the coaching staff at ECH a year ago, said the game was right there for the Crusaders.
“We had some opportunities where the goalie came up with some really good saves,” Chumney said. “We didn’t take the most high-percentage shots that we could have, and we had some balls that were intercepted when we were down at the offensive end that really cost us.”
Holman dominated the ball for ECH, either scoring it or setting up teammates with her four assists.
“She’s really taken this on herself, so she’s got the drive that every other girl should look up to – which is why she’s going to Carolina next year,” Michaels said.
ECH faces Cary’s Green Hope on Tuesday.
ECH 16, Gibbons 14
Goals—CG, Maggie Mueller, Rebecca Wiley, Claire Nelson, Sarah Comstock 5, Lane Huger, Erica Skowron, Shelby Scanlin 4; ECH, Sydney Holman 10, Cassie Watters, Marissa Creatore 2, Marina Jones 2, Farrell Guest. Assists—CG, Wiley, Nelson 4, Comstock; ECH, Holman 4, Watters, Creatore. Saves—Gibbons 6 (Morgan Sinclair 6); ECH 17 (Riley Johnson 17). Shots—CG 31, ECH 25.
Records—Cardinal Gibbons 15-3; East Chapel Hill 14-2.
ECH (B) 12, Broughton 6
CHAPEL HILL — East Chapel Hill took care of business and moved on in the 4-A boys’ soccer playoffs by beating Broughton 12-6.
Broughton scored five goals during a furious fourth-quarter run but couldn’t overcome the damage ECH did to them in the first half.
“We tend to try to be a first-half team,” ECH coach Austin Bridges said. “You never know how the second half is going to go. It’s a volatile game, and it’s the fastest game on two feet and you have to be able to set up the pace and then maintain that pace.”
Chris Cox led ECH with four goals.
Broughton coach Damian Hall said he didn’t do enough before the game to have his team ready to attack from the outset.
“We just turned the ball over, and we just didn’t shoot very well. That’s really what it comes down to,” Hall said. “They’re a very skilled and talented team, and they’re going to make you pay for making mistakes.”
ECH faces Apex on Tuesday.
ECH 12, Broughton 6
Goals—Broughton, Davis Weaver 2, Mitchel Snyder 3, Hayden Lovett; ECH, Garrett Finn, Baxter Perkins, Drew Monroe 2, Ian Levin 2, Chris Cox 4, Riley Reid, Ryan Dotson. Assists—Broughton, Walker Rice 2; ECH, William McEntee 2, Levin 3, Perkins, Monroe. Saves— Broughton 5 (Paxton Massarelli 5); ECH 11 (Vance Perkins 11). Shots—Broughton 22, ECH 19.
Records—Broughton 16-3; East Chapel Hill 16-2.