May 8, 2014
The Heritage Husky women's lacrosse players made school history Wednesday evening and they did it without much stress.
Getting at least one goal from ten different players, the Huskies easily defeated the J.H. Rose Rampants 20-8 at home to earn the school's first-ever playoff victory. The team never trailed and enacted a running clock in the second half after building a 12-goal lead.
It only took about 30 seconds for the Huskies put their mark on the scoreboard with a charging goal from Syndey Collins, who finished the game with four goals for Heritage. Madeline Ade and Kennedy Kanetzke scored in the following minutes to help the team jump to a 3-0 lead.
Ade scored a team-high five goals in the Heritage win. Courtney Tressler, Carly Sullivan, Alisa Truong, Allison McAuliffe, Kira Sank, Camille Howell and Delanie Postma all found the back of the net at least once as well.
"Teaching them to be aggressive has been a work in progress, but I've seen improvement there throughout the year, so it’s nice to see them start a game well and play aggressive the whole time," said Heritage head coach Michelle Kline.
The Heritage defense held Rose to just three goals in the first 25 minutes of play. In the second half, the Rampants added five more goals, but most came in the final ten minutes of play when the game was already far out of reach.
Sophomore midfielder Sofia VanCoutren scored a team-high five goals for the Rampants while Caroline Kuhn, Lauren Holder and Maggie White each had one.
Heritage finished its regular season with a 6-6 record in its conference. Earning the school's first-ever playoff win is a sign that the program continues to move in the right direction in its second year.
"They have more experience," Kline said. "They've got some kids who have played lacrosse before with a mix of some new kids, so it’s nice to see them be rewarded for working hard."
Wednesday marked the first time the Huskies had reached 20 goals in a game since a March 24 win against the Sanderson Spartans. The Rampants had not allowed 20 goals in any game all season entering the playoffs.
With a postseason win under their belt, the Huskies will travel to Apex (13-1) in the second round. Kline said she is familiar with the Cougars and their talent.
"A lot of those girls play on travel teams that I've coached so I know they’re a really good team," Kline said. "They always are. They've been playing a long time and they've been playing a lot time together, so they’ll definitely be a hard team to play on Saturday."
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