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Shaler girls lacrosse defeated Hampton 12-5

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Shaler's Nellie Phillips gets swarmed by the Hampton defense in a recent home game. Shaler won the game 12-5.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Alyssa Ball looks for an open teammate against Hampton.

When the Hampton and Shaler girl's lacrosse teams collided in an important section game, each team took turns making scoring runs. Hampton got the scoring started with an early goal by Christine McBride. That lead seemed to stand forever, but as the game wore on, Shaler got a couple of runs of its own from Shannon Lynch and Courtney Ambrozic and ultimately won the contest 12-5.

“We came out and looked strong,” said Autumn Bullion, Hampton head coach. “We made some good decisions and good passes.”

Ambrozic tied the game midway through the first half and Andra Labanc tallied the go-ahead score. The biggest shot was delivered by Shaler sophomore Shannon Lynch, who scored three goals in a six-minute span. Bullion said it was that outburst that got her team a little down on themselves.

Shaler head coach Jen Perestock didn't use any fancy plays or pep talk to snap her team back into form; rather it was simply waking them up.

“Honestly, it was me screaming at them … sometimes, during the afternoon games they seem sleepy,” Perestock said. “I needed to energize them, motivate them, pump them up and wake them up.

“We did switch a couple of things, and Shannon was great on the ball movement. Nellie (Phillips) and Shannon were moving the ball and I was seeing what I like out there: two or three passes and then to the net.”

Lynch struck again to open the second half and Labanc got her second goal followed by Kristel Chatellier's score. With the game rapidly getting away from it, Hampton responded with scores from Alli Lang, Janna Yardis and Halli Larkin. The retort cut the Shaler lead to four and for the moment it looked like Hampton found its groove.

“We started to play, but Shaler got some more goals and took control,” Bullion said. “We still have a good number of games left; we can't let this loss get us down.”

The one missing factor in the first half for Shaler was the lack of scoring from star attacker Ambrozic, something the senior made up for with four-straight goals in the second half to put the game away.

Perestock said that Hampton gave the Lady Titans its toughest competition, but moving forward she added that Shaler has to continue to play a certain way.

“You can't come out intimidated, you have to play the way you have been practicing … play with control and poise,” Perestock said. “This win puts us at 7-0 in the section, which is a great feeling, but we are happy to move forward.”

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com .

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