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Florian's hat trick leads Women's Lacrosse to third straight win

By Evan Moesta, 03/11/16, 8:45PM EST


Millbrook sophomore Dana Florian netted four goals for the third time this season to help the Wildcat Women’s Lacrosse team stay atop the Conference 4 standings at 3-0 with a 14-3 win at home vs. Enloe.

Olivia Luckinbill, a freshman got the offense going for Millbrook with the games first two scores. Enloe answered with a pair of their own, but that would be their only offense for the next 37 minutes of play. Natalie Brooks’ would find the back of the net for her only goal of the contest but it would be the start of nine straight Millbrook goals.

McCaine Brandt would score the first of her two goals in the game with 8:25 remaining in the half then gave way to Dana Florian who would net two more before the intermission, including a free shot to make it 6-2 which would be the score at half. Florian would pick up where she left off right at the start of the second half as she scored 18 seconds into the frame. Exactly one minute into the half, Brandt would score again to make it 8-2, then Florian capped off her four goal night by bouncing one through the legs of the Enloe goaltender to give her team a seven goal lead. Going into tonight’s contest, Florian sat sixth in the conference in scoring but her third hat trick of the season put her in a tie for first with Broughton’s Farrell Guest, and Heritage’s Caroline Savage with 15 goals this season.

Abigale Hughes followed Sydney Sterling’s first goal of the season with her second to extend the Wildcat lead to 11-2. Chloe Pointer then found Bayley Olson in the crease for a goal to make it 12-2. Enloe’s Maryssa Almasy scored on free shot for the Eagles’ only goal of the second half but it was quickly answered by Olson’s second goal of the night to go back up by ten.

The comfortable lead with just over three minutes left in the game allowed head coach Matt Cope to give minutes to several girls from the junior varsity team including Gracie Evans who came in relief of Anna Wheeler who allowed three goals but also made four saves in the contest. Cope says “it’s another impressive thing each night from Anna. This time it wasn’t actually a specific play that she made, but it was her reaction when I called that timeout late to get Gracie into the game. She was so excited for her to be able to get an opportunity to play on the varsity and that just shows what an amazing teammate and person that she is”.

Chloe Pointer concluded the scoring with a top shelf rocket to make it 14-3, and send the Wildcat faithful home happy with the team’s third straight win. Millbrook is now 3-0 in the conference going into a pair of matches next week against a newly formed Rolesville squad, and a home game vs. Wakefield who also sits atop the Conference 4 standings at 4-0 on the season. After the game Cope said it was nice to see his girls play a much more smarter game than they did last season vs. Enloe by saying that “last year it took us right up until the very end to beat them but tonight we controlled the pace and played really smart out there, and really didn’t give them many chances to make big plays. That’s going to be really important going into next week, especially with Wakefield on the schedule on Friday”.