Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/18
Grace Harding scored with 29 seconds to play to help lift host Penncrest to a stunning 11-10 win over Garnet Valley in a Central League girls’ lacrosse opener.
The Jaguars led, 10-8 late in the game, but the Lions later tied it, 10-10, on a goal by Carly Baillis (two goals, one assist) with 1:37 to play while her team was a man down following a dangerous propel call (yellow card). Julianna George (two goals) won the draw and Harding (two goals) tallied the game-winner – while her team was still a man down – before Kenna Kaut (one gal) sealed it with another clutch draw control.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get a win today against a strong opponent like Garnet Valley,” said Harding, a Drexel signee. “I’m really proud of all my teammates for working so hard, being super determined, and not giving up even when we were down. Today was a great team win for Penncrest.
“A win like this gives us a boost of confidence and shows that we can compete. But we just have to take one game at a time and continue to work really hard to keep getting better and gel as a team.”
Mia George added a goal and an assist while Sadie King, Logan O’Donnell and Abby Pennoni scored once goal apiece. Corryn Gamber posted six saves.
“It definitely makes a statement,” said Penncrest first-year coach Caitlin Morgan. “When we took over the program this year, our goal was to turn it around and make it a successful one and be true competitors in the Central League, so a win like this is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Morgan said winning the draw following the tying goal was key since the Lions were a man down.
“We knew we had to win the next draw and maintain possession,” she said. “We practice man down and man up situations every day, so moving the ball and off ball movement while man down was nothing new to us. We kept sending cutters and kept the ball moving and that’s how the scoring opportunities opened up for Carly to tie and Grace for the game winner.”
— Diane Brightbill (@DianeBrightbill) April 4, 2018
Penncrest 11, Garnet Valley 10
Halftime Penncrest 5 Garnet Valley 5
Carly Baillis 2 Goals, 1 Assist (Tying Goal with 97 seconds left)
Julianna George 2 Goals
Kenna Kaut 1 Goal
Sadie King 1 Goal
Logan O’Donnell 1 Goal
Mia George 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Grace Harding 2 Goals (Game Winner with 29.5 seconds left)
Abby Pennoni 1 Goal
Corryn Gamber 6 saves
Caroline Carruthers 1ct
Riley Delaney 4g, 1ct
Cam Faith 1ct
Abby Kalish 1ct
Madi McKee 1a, 7dc
Kamryn McNeal 1g
Kara Nealon 2a, 3gb, 1dc
Regan Nealon 3g, 2dc
Emma Taviano 2gb
Kathryn Toohey 2g, 1a, 3dc, 1ct
Linda Zamrowski 2gb
Sam Hamalak 4 saves