North Penn defeats Council Rock North in Championship Game 1 – The Knight Crier

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Jessica Wendowski

Senior captain Danielle Preston goes on the attack looking for an open teammate

TOWAMENCIN – The first league game of the season is what sets the tone for the rest of the season. North Penn’s women’s lacrosse team got off to a good start after earning a hard-fought victory in their league opener.

On Wednesday afternoon, the North Penn Girls Lacrosse (2-2) fought back and forth against Council Rock North (4-3) to come out and win their first league game by one goal.

Although the game got off to a bit of a slow start, ten minutes into the game Danielle Preston picked up the momentum with a solid opening goal. During the first half, junior goaltender Keira Holt was challenged by North’s defense but made a few key saves.

Shortly after junior Kayla Stressman scored two goals, one assisted by Holt, giving the team an early lead. At the end of the first half, North scored two quick goals to level the score at 3-3.

“I think we were making a lot of mistakes that they were capitalizing on, so we just had to fix the little things so we could come back,” sophomore Kerry O’Donnell explained.

After the 5-minute halftime and a change of pace, the Knights shot North’s keeper. In the first 11 minutes of the second half, the score quickly worsened for North Penn. Senior Jordan Baily scored, second Riley O’Donnell put two in the back of the net and senior Liv Caputo had a pass.

Main contributors to the game: Kerry O’Donnell, Kayla Stressman, Jordan Baily and Riley O’Donnell. (Jessica Wendowski)

“That game our attack really clicked and we were able to use each other and play against each other. We are finally learning how to play each other and how to work together, Baily said.

Throughout the second half, possession continued to switch between North Penn and Rock’s offense. After North scored, Baily added another. Less than three minutes into the second half, North staged a comeback, scoring five goals.

“Our coaches used our time outs and we took a different game plan and decided to use new plays to really build momentum and keep scoring. When we were down it made us fight harder because I think we were a little too cocky when we were up,” Baily pointed out.

After a close second half, North Penn bounced back and came back in the lead winning by one goal. Stressman and Baily added two more goals, and senior Emily Varilla scored one.

“We started working together really well this game and I think that’s what we needed to keep going and get more wins,” Stressman said.

With home advantage, the girls next face Abington tomorrow at 7am at the stadium.

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