East Chapel Hill High School: State Semi-Finals: Green Hope 17, East 14

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Game Played 5/15/2012 7:30PM  

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Wildcats’ rally falls short against Green Hope
BY MARK DONOVAN

CHAPEL HILL — A remarkable season came to a remarkable end Tuesday night as East Chapel Hill came all the way back from a nine-goal deficit in the first 10 minutes before eventually falling to Green Hope 17-14 in the semifinals of the state girls’ lacrosse playoffs.

The loss capped an 11-6 season for East Chapel Hill, ranked 14th statewide by MaxPreps.com. The Wildcats had downed highly regarded Apex and Cardinal Gibbons in its first two playoff games.

“We played some really hard teams and then had a really good run late in the year,” ECH coach Michelle Michaels said. “I just wish we had come out and played differently in the first half tonight.”

East Chapel Hill, which lost to Cary powerhouse Green Hope (19-0) in the regular season 13-10, struggled against the top-seeded visitors in the first 10 minutes.

The Wildcats won the opening coin toss and elected to defend the east side of the field, forcing its defense and goalkeeper Reilly Johnson to stare into the setting sun much of the opening half.

After the game, Michaels was asked about that decision, having seen Green Hope outscore the Wildcats 9-0 in the opening 10 minutes. Was the sun a factor in Green Hope’s start?

“I didn’t think it mattered that much,” Michaels said. “We were doing what we always try to do, set it up so the defense is playing on the same side of the field as our bench in the second half to help us direct the defense. We were hoping to do better in the second half on defense.”

Johnson was asked about the conditions during the first half.

“(The sun) was really tough,” Johnson said. “But it’s something our coaches like to do to help the defense in the second half.”

Johnson had six saves in the first half but only one in the first 10 minutes, as Green Hope imposed its will and took apparent control of the game.

Green Hope co-captain Maggie Auslander (three goals, one assist) scored two goals in the first four minutes, and Katherine Smith (six goals, two assists) chipped in two in the first 7:12. Co-captain Campbell Stanley (five goals, one assist) also scored a pair in the 10 minute run, three in the half.

East Chapel Hill had a pair of shots in that 9-0 run, but both were saved by Mary Cate Kapopoulos, who escaped a third shot that hit the post and bounded away.

The Wildcats recorded their first goal with 11:10 left in the half — Allison Morsberger converting off a feed from Sydney Holman.

Just like that, East Chapel Hill was back.

Green Hope, in general, and Auslander in particular began misfiring. ECH scored four straight and five to end the half, two by Elizabeth Jensen, (one assisted by Holman) and a pair by Holman.

Green Hope managed just one goal in the final 15:05 of the half, Stanley’s third goal with 1:33 to play.

Holman’s goal with 1:14 left made it 10-5 at the break.

The East Chapel Hill onslaught continued in the second half. Holman (seven goals, three assists) scored a pair of goals in the first minute and Cassie Watters (three goals) fired home three more at the 20:07, 19:09 and 18:44 mark.

Watters’ last goal, off a feed from Holman, tied the game at 10.

The key to the spurt was five consecutive wins on draws by the Wildcats, negating a Green Hope advantage from the first half.

But 2:20 later, Green Hope broke away again on the first of three straight goals by Smith and another by Auslander off a Smith feed with 13:04 to play to give the visitors a 14-10 lead. Holman answered with a pair, but Stanley got two straight to match her, the last with six minutes left and Green Hope down a player after co-captain Julie Hagan picked up her second yellow card and was ejected.

East Chapel Hill couldn’t make up 16-12 deficit despite playing a man up the rest of the way. Holman and reserve Kaithyshea Cullen scored to cut it to 16-14 with 1:36 left, but Green Hope played keep-away to the buzzer, electing not to shoot despite Reilly Johnson’s leaving the goal crease to provide an extra defensive chaser for East Chapel Hill.

Until Smith hit an empty-netter with 1.1 second left.

Green Hope 17, East Chapel Hill 14

Cary Green Hope|10|7—17

East Chapel Hill|5|9—14

Goals—GH, Katherine Smith 6, Campbell Stanley 5, Maggie Auslander 3, Kate Murphy, Mackenzie Koeller, Lilly Stanley; ECH, Sydney Holman 7, Cassie Watters 3, Elizabeth Jensen 2, Kaithyshea Cullen, Allison Morsberger. Assists—GH, Smith 2, Murphy 2, C. Stanley, Auslander, Koeller; ECH, Holman 3, Christine Kolk. Saves—GH 6 (Mary Cate Kapopoulos 6); ECH 11 (Reilly Johnson 11).

Records—Green Hope 19-0; East Chapel Hill 11-6.



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Green Hope moves to girls lacrosse title game
By W.E. Warnock
CHAPEL HILL With all-conference midfielder Maggie Auslander sporting a cast on her forearm, undefeated Green Hope had to draw on its younger players to fight off a nine-goal rally by East Chapel Hill and take a 17-14 win in the N.C. High School Athletic Association's girls lacrosse semifinals.

Green Hope sophomore Katherine Smith stepped up to score six goals Tuesday night — including one with 1.1 second to play. Campbell Stanley scored five times for Green Hope (19-0).

Paced by junior Sydney Holman's seven goals, East Chapel Hill (11-6) scored more points on Green Hope than any other team this season, but it wasn't enough to keep the Falcons from advancing to Saturday's state championship game in their hometown.

Green Hope will play either Charlotte Catholic (18-1) or Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (17-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the NCHSAA championship game at WakeMed Park in Cary.

Auslander, who fractured a bone in her left forearm about two months ago, still managed to get three goals against East Chapel Hill. Two of her goals and an assist came just 45 seconds apart to key the Falcons' initial 9-0 run.

"We've consistently started strong," Green Hope head coach Abigail Mead said, noting the Falcons took a 9-1 lead five days before in an NCHSAA quarterfinal match at Wilmington Hoggard. "We're trying to teach that you have to maintain that level for the entire 50 minutes."

Getting two goals apiece from Holman and ninth-grader Elizabeth Jenson, plus one from junior Allison Morsberger, East Chapel Hill outscored Green Hope 5-1 over the last 11:10 of the first half.

"This should have been the state championship game," Morsberger said. " We played with a lot of heart the entire game and made a good comeback. At the end of the day, it just wasn't enough."

The Wildcats controlled the first five draws of the second half and scored off each. Holman scored twice in the first minute after halftime and junior Cassie Watters scored three straight goals to tie the match at 10-10 with 18:44 to play.

"That's the first time we've had a lead like that and had someone come back that aggressively," Mead said. "Our team didn't really know how to respond."

Smith stepped into the center ring to help the Falcons control the next three draws. In a span of 4:59, Smith scored three goals and Auslander scored for the last time to make the lead 14-10.

"Katherine Smith was taking and winning our draws when we need some goals," Mead said. "I was impressed with how a sophomore stepped up in that situation."

The Wildcats never got closer in the game's final 13:04 than 16-14 after three more goals by Holman and one from Katyshea Cullen.

Green Hope took just one shot in the last 6:05 of play and relied on its solid defense and midfield to maintain possession. Falcon goalkeeper MaryCate Kapopoulos made seven saves, but only had to face two shots on-goal in the game’s final five minutes.




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Falcons fight off Wildcats
By W.E. Warnock
CHAPEL HILL - For 20 seconds last week, East Chapel Hill could have considered itself equal to the No. 1 girls lacrosse team in the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
Facing a 9-0 deficit in the first half of their NCHSAA state semifinal with heavily favored Green Hope, a weight that might have crushed most teams, East’s Wildcats came back to tie the match at 10-10 before the Falcons answered 20 seconds later and pulled away for a 17-14 win.

“If we could have played two second halves, this game would have turned out diffrently,” said East Chapel Hill head coach Michelle Michaels.

With all-conference midfielder Maggie Auslander sporting a cast on her forearm, undefeated Green Hope had to draw on its younger players to fight off a tremendous East Chapel Hill rally Tuesday night in Wildcat Stadium. Green Hope sophomore Katherine Smith stepped up to win severl control draws and to score six goals– including an empty-netter with 1.1 seconds to play that drew a groan from the crowd. Campbell Stanley scored five times for Green Hope.

Ranked No. 1 in the state as it headed toward the state championship final, Green Hope had given up more than nine goals just four times -- twice to conference rival Apex, which was the defending state champion, and twice to East Chapel Hill.

Paced by junior Sydney Holman’s seven goals, East Chapel Hill (11-6) scored more points Tuesday on Green Hope than any other team this season, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Falcons from advancing to Saturday’s state championship game in their hometown.

Green Hope (19-0) was to face Charlotte Catholic (18-1) Saturday in the NCHSAA championship game at WakeMed Park in Cary.

Auslander, who fractured a bone in her left forearm about two months ago, still managed to get three goals against East Chapel Hill. Two of her goals and an assist came just 45 seconds apart to key the Falcons’ initial 9-0 run.

“We’ve consistently started strong,” Green Hope head coach Abigail Mead said, noting the Falcons took a 9-1 lead five days before in an NCHSAA quarterfinal match at Wilmington Hoggard. “We’re trying to teach that you have to maintain that level for the entire 50 minutes.”

Getting two goals apiece from Holman and ninth-grader Elizabeth Jenson, plus one from junior Allison Morsberger, East Chapel Hill outscored Green Hope 5-1 over the last 11:10 of the first half.

“This should have been the state championship game,” Morsberger said. “We played with a lot of heart the entire game and made a good comeback. At the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough.”

The Wildcats controlled the first five draws of the second half and scored off each. Holman scored twice in the first minute after halftime and junior Cassie Watters scored three straight goals to tie the match at 10-10 with 18:44 to play.

“That’s the first time we’ve had a lead like that and had someone come back that aggressively,” Mead said. “Our team didn’t really know how to respond.”

Smith stepped into the center ring to help the Falcons control the next three draws. Begining with a score with 18:24 to play, Smith scored three times in a span of 4:59,and Auslander scored her last with 13:04 remaining to make the lead 14-10.

“Katherine Smith was taking and winning our draws when we need some goals,” Mead said. “I was impressed with how a sophomore stepped up in that situation.”

The Wildcats never got closer in the game’s final 13:04 than 16-14 after three more goals by Holman and one from Katyshea Cullen.

Green Hope took just one shot in the last 6:05 of play and relied on its solid defense and midfield to maintain possession. Falcon goalkeeper MaryCate Kapopoulos made seven saves, but only had to face two shots on-goal in the game’s final five minutes.



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