Collins Hill girls stun North with late lacrosse rally

SUWANEE -- Trailing by three goals with less than nine minutes remaining, Collins Hill's girls lacrosse team rallied for a stunning 10-9 win over North Gwinnett in Area 4-AAAAA action.

The win came on a goal from Michelle Vasques as time expired to keep the Eagles playoff hopes alive.

Down by three goals, Carly Marksberry scored first with 8:39 left to make it 9-7 North.

But the Bulldogs maintained that two-goal advantage until Kara Knapik scored with 1:39 to go that made it 9-8 and set the stage for Vasques's heroics.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of this senior class and they way they have led us all season," said Collins Hill head coach Travis Pearre. "And tonight they just wouldn't let us quit. I get emotional when I talk about this group of seniors because they started with us four years ago and they've given so much to get us where we are."

Vasques finished with five goals and one assist while Marksberry had two goals and an assist for Collins Hill (8-9,6-3).

Knapik also had two goals and Anna Britt also had a goal for the Eagles.

Stephanie Lam finished with 13 saves in goal for Collins Hill.

Lauren Aycock led the way for North (11-6, 8-2) with three goals while Katie Verret had two goals.

Lindsey Cobb added a goal and Erica Smith had a goal and two assists for the Bulldogs.

In the boys' game that was rough throughout and nearly featured a bench-clearing fight in the fourth quarter, Collins Hill pulled out a 9-7 win over North to clinch a state playoff berth.

Holin Axley scored three goals and had two assists as the Eagles broke a 7-7 tie midway through the fourth quarter to survive the must-win situation.

Collins Hill had built a 7-4 lead heading to the fourth quarter before North rallied for three quick goals to tie the game.

Ryan Floress scored twice for Collins Hill (9-8, 8-2) while Kyle Burke, Abe Heller, Tim Singer and Pat Singer each scored a goal for the Eagles.

James Shimkas scored twice and had an assist for North (13-2, 8-2).

Matt Palmer, Dan Constant, Spencer Howey, Tyler Bramblett and Luke Printz each scored a goal for North.

Chris Matos also came up big in goal for Collins Hill, especially down the stretch after the Eagles had taken the late two-goal lead.

With the North loss, Peachtree Ridge clinched the area title even though the Bulldogs will still qualify for the state tournament.


jillwaldon 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for a front page cover of a Lacrosse, and girls none the less!! :))


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