Ocean City Today

Decatur comes from behind, wins 12-11 over Easton

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 06, 2017

(April 7, 2017) Trailing the Easton Warriors 7-1 in the first half of Tuesday’s game, the Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team fought back and won 12-11.

“We talked about playing from the first whistle, but we came out slow,” Decatur Coach Sara Braniecki said. “We were not winning ground balls, we were not going to goal to try to score, we weren’t defending. We were just letting the game happen.”

Midway into the first half, Braniecki called a timeout to talk to her players. The Lady Seahawks were more focused after that.

“They went out and started possessing off the draw and producing, scoring goals,” Braniecki said.

Decatur pulled ahead and at halftime, the visiting Seahawks led 8-7 “and kept the momentum,” Braniecki said.

“The second half of the first half and the second half we played better, but we still have things to work on,” Braniecki said. “We just had to play catch-up. That was the position we put ourselves in. We have to play the whole 50 minutes.”

Senior captain Lexie VanKirk contributed with two goals and two assists. Freshman Sarah Engle (one assist) and seniors Victoria Kerkovich and Christina Romano, a team captain, scored two goals apiece.

Senior captain Claire Porter (three assists), senior Brigitte Ardis, junior Chloe Sass and sophomore Logan Townsend tallied one goal each.

Senior captain, goalie Sara Mitrecic, stopped nine Easton shots.

The Seahawks will host the Kent County Trojans today, Friday at 4 p.m.

“We need to play from the very beginning,” Braniecki said. “We need to be smarter on offense, just make smarter choices and [maintain] possession of the ball more.”

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