Winning its second straight NCISAA championship, Charlotte Country Day beat Ravenscroft 12-10 in the girls’ lacrosse title game Saturday afternoon.
Although the Buccaneers repeated as champions, much of the team is different from last year’s squad.
“We graduated nine girls last year,” Country Day coach Kristy Boyles said. “We had a big team last year so that the girls coming up knew the ropes and could jump right in. The sophomore class has done a great job adapting and pushing the team.”
Juniors Anna Comer and Elizabeth Merlo along with sophomores Riley Harrison, Natalee Palmer and Lucy Pedlow were all named to the NCISAA All-State team after the game, and they did the majority of the scoring for Country Day. That group – led by Harrison and her four goals – scored nine of the team’s 12 goals. Caroline Mangan added 2 goals and Julia Loesch scored another.
Pedlow led the way in the first half with three goals, and Country Day took a 7-4 lead into halftime. After the Bucs scored four of the first five goals in the second half, the 11-5 margin was too much for Ravenscroft to overcome.
The Ravens did make a comeback, though, scoring five goals in the final eight minutes. Rachel Hianik, who was one of four Ravens named to the All-State team, scored three of her team-leading four goals in the final seven minutes.
This win represented a bit of redemption of sorts for the older Buccaneers. Country Day lost to the Ravens in the 2012 state championship game when the game was played at Ravenscroft.
“I think it was really great to finally get that back and get the opportunity to finish some unfinished business,” Country Day senior Mason Lucas said.
“Once you saw the timer shooting down, and you know you have it in the bag, it’s just the best feeling in the world.”
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