No. 1 Cardinal Gibbons 15 No. 1 Hoggard 11
An impressive run through the state playoffs came to a end for the Hoggard girls lacrosse team on Tuesday night as the Vikings fell 15-11 to top-ranked Cardinal Gibbons in the east regional.
After both teams received a No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Crusaders hosted the final four match after earning a high winning percentage as Hoggard dropped to 16-4 to end the year. Cardinal Gibbons improved to 19-1 and will play for the state championship on Saturday, May 23, at Wake Med Park in Raleigh.
With the game tied at the break, each club traded goals over the opening minutes of the second half before Sarah Boney and Elizabeth Wilson found the back of the net for the Crusaders to take an 11-9 lead. Taylar Herman brought the Vikings to within one at the 19 minute mark of regulation, but the deficit was as close as Hoggard would get.
Trailing by three in the early stages of the match, Kendall Goldblum and Maya Ebrahimnejad netted two scores apiece to give the Vikings a 4-3 advantage. The game saw six more lead changes until the end of the first half.
No. 3 Beddingfield 14 No. 6 North Brunswick 3
No. 6 North Brunswick carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the third when No. 3 Beddingfield erupted for 12 unanswered runs over the next three at-bats to hand the Scorpions a 14-3 season ending setback on Tuesday in the third round of the 2A state playoffs.
North Brunswick closed the year at 18-6 overall and 9-1 as the East Central Conference Champions.
Seniors Preston Ellenburg, Kasey Klutz and Stacey Fodrie ended their high school careers as the top three Scorpion hitters. Freshman Jessi Williams tied Klutz for a team-high three home runs, while Klutz smacked 16 doubles. Fodrie ended her season with 13 extra base hits, one round tripper and went 12-for-13 in stolen base attempts.
Williams and Ellenburg also went a combined 13-5 in the circle with a 2.16 ERA.
No. 5 Hoggard (18-2-2) vs. No. 29 Holly Springs (10-7-2) at 6 p.m. Wednesday
No. 3 Topsail (25-2) vs. No. 6 C.B. Aycock (19-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday
No. 5 Topsail (18-6) vs. No. 20 Triton (13-8) at 7 p.m.Wednesday