Thursday, May 25, 2006
By Joyce Sagerty
It's that scenario that's played out in an athlete's mind about scoring that last second shot to win a game. That particular scene was set in the opening round of the South Jersey Group B girl's lacrosse game played at Lenape. Fifth seeded Cherry Hill East was trailing the fourth seeded Lady Indians by a single goal with less than thirty seconds remaining in regulation. Kelly Dallas came through with the game tying goal for the Lady Cougars and this game appeared to be headed for overtime. But that's when Diana Shalkowski received the ball off of the draw and rushed down field and deposited the game winning goal. Cherry Hill East would advance to the next round with their 10-9 victory over Lenape.
The first half began with Leigh Mitchell and Kara Borzillo giving Lenape the early 2-0 lead. East would respond by scoring the next three goals and taking the lead on Sam Stern's goal. The half would end with the score of 4-3 in favor of the Cougars. Mitchell would score her second goal of the half for Lenape and Stern matching that total for East. That was just the beginning of this exciting playoff game. Neither team would be safe with any lead as Lenape's Ali Goodman demonstrated that to start off the second half. East would capture the momentum for most of the half and led for the majority of the game. That was until Katie Duffey tied the game at 7-7 and Mitchell would give Lenape their first lead of the second half. Goodman's goal pushed the score to 9-7 in favor of the Indians, yet again that lead would slip away. Cherry Hill East would rally back with goals from Jamie Hacker and Dallas to set the tables for Shalkowski's dramatic game winning goal.