Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/3/12
BOYDS, Md.- Baldwin School rising freshman Laura Pansini scored the last three goals of the game, including the game-winner early in sudden-victory overtime, lifting Pennsylvania to a thrilling 9-8 victory over Long Island North today in the Middle School girls’ championship game of the Brine National Lacrosse Classic here at the Maryland Soccerplex.
Pennsylvania, comorised mostly of Philly girls, won its second straight title. Pansini, a member of last year’s team, had four goals and drew her squad within 8-7 and sent it into overtime on an 8-meter shot with 1:05 to play.
She won it just 20 seconds into overtime.
“It feels so great, I have such a rush right now,” said Pansini. “I feel so accomplished that we got it done. It was like a game and a half. It all added up and when you work hard you get something out of it.”
(A full article on the championship team is coming later this week)
The Pennsylvania girls’ high school team also reached the title game but fell to undefeated Maryland, 15-9. Elizabeth Brennan (Ridley rising junior) and Natalie Bulgier (Souderton rising sophomore) each had two goals for PA, also comprised mainly of Philly players.
“I’m happy with the girls; they played their hearts out,” said PA co-coach Colleen Magarity. “They hustled for every groundball and it paid off for us. We made the finals and I told the kids to keep their heads up.
“We probably played one of our worst games in the championship, but this team was great all weekend. I was proud of them.”