The varsity girls lacrosse team traveled to Pickerington North High School last night to take on the Panthers in the 2018 OHSAA Division I, Region 3 tournament. Recovering from an 0-5 start to win ten out of their last 13 games had the team feeling good about themselves and looking to make history. Following a nearly two-hour bus ride, a delay for a tornado warning and a second delay for lightning, the girls came together on the field and earned themselves a place in the CHS Record Book.
The girls got off to a fast start only to see the host Panthers rally to tie the score at three with 9:20 to play until halftime. The girls did not flinch and responded with two straight goals to go up, 5-3. The Panthers scored just before the half, but the Elks had a 5-4 lead halfway through the game. How fitting it was that during the first half , senior Danielle Mueller, who wears #33, scored her 33rd goal of the season. In the second half, the girls struck again just 24 seconds in when Kaylee York beat the Panther goalie to extend the Elks lead to 6-4. Following a Panther goal, Kayle Wolfe and Makenna Briggs scored back-to-back goals as the Elks lead increased to three, 8-5, with 14:31 left in the game. Anna Roncagli added another goal and, following a Panther goal, Mueller scored again and the Elks lead was at four, 10-6, with 5:49 to go. Like all good teams do, the Panthers bowed their backs and went to work. Over the next 2:40, they outscored the Elks, 3-0, and all of a sudden, the Elks lead was down to one, 10-9, with 3:09 to play. This could not have been more appropriate for a team which has lived on the edge all year and thrilled its fans with one close game after another. Briggs scored a huge goal for the Elks to put them back up by two and the team played tight, suffocating defense to close out the game and post a huge, 11-9, program-defining win.
The girls became the first team in school history to win a state tournament game and have now won 11 games this year, which is the most in school history. Now, they really have their work cut-out for them!!!
The win improved the girls record to 11-8 and sent them to the regional quarterfinals for the first time ever. They will make a return trip to Columbus, but this time will face the number one ranked team in the state, Upper Arlington. The Golden Bears are currently unbeaten and ranked tenth in the national poll by Max Preps. Opening face off at Upper Arlington High School will more than likely occur at 7:00 PM, but we will communicate the game time as soon as we know it.