RALEIGH — The Cardinal Gibbons girls lacrosse program has become accustomed to winning this season.
Ever since starting the regular season 2-2, the Crusaders (15-2) have won 13 straight games including Tuesday’s 20-5 victory against Green Hope (10-6) in the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I think we played an awesome game today. One of our goals the entire season is to play a full 50 minutes no matter who is on the field, no matter who we’re playing, and I think this game was just an example of us playing hard for 50 minutes,” Gibbons head coach Taylor Chumney said.
After falling behind 2-1 early on in the first half, Gibbons went on a 12-1 run into halftime and never looked back from there.
The Crusaders used a well balanced attack to wear Green Hope down as six different players scored for Gibbons.
Senior Shelby Scanlin led Gibbons with eight goals, while freshman Jordan Lappin added four scores.
Junior Sarah Comstock scored four goals while senior Rebecca Wiley and sophomore Erica Skowron each had two goals apiece.
Green Hope junior Lilly Stanley and and senior Mackenzie Koeller each scored two goals for the Falcons.
While Scanlin, a University of Maryland signee, is Gibbons’ top threat on offense, her value goes way beyond scoring goals.
Scanlin has developed into one of the best in the state at controlling draws, which helps Gibbons control the time of possession against opponents.
“You need people on the draw that are going to fight for possession because winning the draw is the name of the game, and to have her is a huge weapon. Her ability to win us possessions is even bigger than her ability to score,” Chumney said.
With the win, Gibbons will move on to host Broughton game in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
While Gibbons isn’t looking beyond the next task at hand, Scanlin feels that as long as she and her teammates continue to play hard and enjoy the ride, good things will come.
“We’re taking it one game at a time as our coach Taylor says and we’re going to keep working hard. But this team compared to other teams in the past has a lot of confidence in each other, and we know as long as we are trying our hardest, and having fun with it, we’re going to succeed.”
Crusaders boys rout Roxboro: Having already received a first-round bye in the first year of the 1A/2A/3A NCHSAA boys lacrosse playoffs, Gibbons (19-0) defeated visiting Roxboro Community (7-10) 18-0 in the second round Tuesday night.
Ten different Crusaders scored and senior Gannon Morrison led Gibbons with five goals.
“I think that once we settled in we looked good. I thought we looked good shooting the ball, and I think we looked good on ground balls. It was a playoff game. It was either win or go home, and we won,” Gibbons head coach Alex Buckley said.
Gibbons will host Chapel Hill in the East semifinals at home on Friday.