After a sluggish 10-1 first-half deficit for the Lady Hawks' lacrosse team against Ralston Valley, a spirited second-half performance for Horizon didn't prove quite enough in the 15-6 defeat March 19 …
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After a sluggish 10-1 first-half deficit for the Lady Hawks' lacrosse team against Ralston Valley, a spirited second-half performance for Horizon didn't prove quite enough in the 15-6 defeat March 19 at North Stadium.
Ralston Valley didn't waste any time as they sprinted to a 9-0 lead less than 18 minutes into the contest. As four Mustangs found the scoresheet in that timeframe, sophomore Madison Hauffman led the way with four goals.
“They (Ralston Valley) definitely got momentum going, and that's why I called that first timeout to stop that momentum,” Horizon coach Jessica Beck said postgame. “Our girl's played better after that timeout.”
And did they ever.
Scoring a minute and six seconds later, junior Isabella Anderson finally put the Hawks on the board. Coming out of halftime, Horizon outscored RV 5-2 in the first 17 minutes of second half. Tallying three and two goals respectively, junior Janelle Pethick and Anderson had the offense in a groove.
“I think our halftime talk definitely pumped them up a little bit as they started to get hungry in getting the ball in our possession,” Beck said.
Dominating ball possession the majority of the first half, Ralston Valley had the script flipped on them the first part of the second half. With much-improved defense and solid goalie play of freshman Laila Carabajal, the Hawks finally became the aggressor.
Finishing strong, however, RV tallied the final three scores of the game thanks to goals from senior Alix Bailey, junior Tea Webb, senior Mary Ellen Kerrigan. Despite the strong closeout by the Mustangs, the frustrating beginning for the Hawks did them in.
“Starting out with the hunger we need rather than falling to a deficit and playing catchup is very important moving forward,” Beck said. “We can build off of what we did in the second half.”
To wrap up the week, Horizon defeated Denver North two nights later in dominating fashion, 16-3.
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