Friday, April 28, 2006
By Stephanie Wright
The Olympic Conference American Division has teams that have demonstrated their ability of scoring goals. Three of those teams have been considered as top ranking girls' lacrosse teams in our area while Cherokee and Cherry Hill East were not that far behind. Each and every team from that division could qualify for the post season, but they will have to prove it on the field down the stretch. Both of these teams were in search of their first division win. Proving that they can maintain possession of the ball, the Lady Cougars would be able to hold off Cherokee during the second half. Sam Stern would score six times helping Cherry Hill East to pick up the 12-6 victory.
It was a divisional game that both teams wanted and needed to win. East started out this game with ball control winning the first five face-offs and maintaining possession. Their reward would be a 5-0 lead, two of those goals scored by Stern, and Cherokee found themselves looking for answers. After a Chiefs’ timeout, it would be a more patient offense Cherokee presented and it would pay off. Amanda Bailon gave the Chiefs their first goal of the game. Kelly Dallas would get that five goal lead back for East, but Kelly Petit de Mange’s goal pushed Cherokee a bit closer at 6-2. Stern would score her third and fourth goal of the game to end the half.
Cherokee started the second half by scoring the first three goals, two by Bailon and the Chiefs would be within three goals of tying this game. With a goal at the 11:50 mark of the second half, East would maintain their 9-5 advantage but Cherokee would respond again when Kerry Overback scored. Cherry Hill East would finally put this game away by scoring the final three goals of the game. Kelly Dallas and Diana Shalkowski each scored two goals for the Cougars to go along with Stern’s six goal performance. Amanda Bailon ended the game with four goals for the Lady Chiefs.