NORTH EAST — Earlier in the spring, the Rising Sun’s girls’ lacrosse team got a bit of a surprise from a young Elkton squad, escaping with an overtime win in their regular season match-up.
There was no need for high drama this time around as Molly Raiser and Logan Alexander each collected hat tricks in the Tigers’ 12-6 win Friday, advancing to the 2A East Region Section II finals at North Harford to be played Monday at 3:45 pm.
“I think today was a better representation of how we can play,” Tigers assistant coach Christina Ziegler said. “I’m definitely proud of these girls, they deserved to win today.”
Raiser remembered how challenging the previous matchup ended up being.
“We came into that game cocky, thinking we were going to win, which wasn’t a good way to come into it,” admitted Raiser, who scored five goals and assisted on Alexander’s opening tally just 14 seconds into the first half. “This game, we came in more humble, worked together as a team and I think that really helped us.”
“The first time we played Elkton, I don’t think we had as a great of a connection as we do now,” added Alexander, who scored four goals on the evening. “Now, I can see where Molly’s going to go and I know her next move. We all have great chemistry and work really well together as a team.”
The Tigers (9-4) led wire-to-wire and are hopeful that their first trip to the third round of the playoffs will be a successful one.
“This is the farthest we’ve ever gone, so I’m pumped,” Raiser said. “We’re an awesome team, so intensity is going to be key for us.”
Goalkeeper Ashley McFarland tallied nine saves in the victory.
“I know a few girls from North Harford, so it’s going to be nice to play them,” McFarland said.
For Elkton first-year head coach Natalie Crenshaw, she’s already looking forward to the future with a team full of freshmen and sophomores who’ve already experienced playoff success.
“I want them to come back next year with confidence. They see a team or player’s reputation and maybe think, ‘oh, we’re not as good as them,’ but they are,” she explained. “They’re a much better and different team from when we started practice, so I’m planning for next year to be even better.”
Lexi Bunk scored two goals for Elkton (8-6) and goalkeeper Abigail Guarneri made eight saves.