Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Colonial Forge Eagles Girls Lacrosse team picked their second victory in as many tries on Monday night, capturing a 15-8 win over Massaponax on the road. It was the team’s second win in Spotsylvania County in a week as they opened the regular season with an 8-7 win at Riverbend. The Forge start the season on the road and won’t see the friendly confines of Eagles Stadium until after Spring Break when they host the Colgan Sharks in their home opener on April 10th.
The Eagles are a team going into the season battling high expectations and questions on how to replace a dozen players off a State Semi-Finalist roster just nine months earlier, including all everything midfielder Anna Maupin. The expectations are always high as the program brings to the field a record of 65-9 in the last four campaigns. The Achilles heel for this program has been the post season, and the GREEN and head coach Nate Medic are looking to create their own history after the Forge fell to Centreville (2nd time in three years) in the state tournament back on June 6th 2017.
The Eagles have found little resistance from the Panthers in the past 4 meetings, with the Forge winning 3 out of the 4 contests. The only loss to Massaponax during that span was a 16-15 defeat @ Ponax on April 16, 2016 (one of only two Eagle losses that year). The Panthers on Monday night were coming off a season opening win 9-3 over North Stafford.
On this night it was the Panthers who started fast scoring two quick goals just 4 minutes and 8 seconds into the game, to take a quick 2-0 lead. The Forge would respond to cut the deficit to one, and had back to back odd man possessions, but muffed passes ended both threats with 12:37 left in the first half.
The Panthers pounced on those miscues and scored two goals, 47 seconds apart to take a 4-1 lead with 11:15 left. The flow of this one wasn’t sitting well with Medic who called a quick time to address his troops about their effort. The message was delivered and Medic sent his team back out with a loud “WAKE UP” as the Eagles broke the huddle.
The Eagles had life and heard their head Medic loud and clear! The Forge scored six times in a six minutes stretch, tying the game at 5-5 with 4:35 left in the first half. The visitors took their first lead of the game with 4:13 left and junior Kadence Stanton (6 goals on the night, and nine for the season) closed out the first half scoring, finding the back of the net with 3:40 left to send her team to the halftime locker room with a 7-5 advantage.
In the second half, the Eagles offense continued to pressure the back on their heels Panthers, but it was the defense that was the impressive part of the second stanza. Forge outscored their hosts 8-3 in the second but it was the Eagle D and their junior net minder Mel Rodgers who were the story.
Rodgers made a “how did she do that” stick save with 19:50 left in the game and then her teammates broke it open on back goals from Stanton, and two more by Mary Ellen Schuster (5 goals on the night) to send the huddled masses wearing Panther apparel to the exits.
The Eagle road trip continues on Wednesday night when they travel to Stafford to take on the Indians at 7pm.