Millbrook’s Women’s Lacrosse team enters spring break with wins in four of its last five contests following a 16-5 victory over Enloe on Thursday evening.
“I thought that we didn’t play our best game of the season on Tuesday, but we still managed to pull out a win” said head coach Matt Cope, “tonight was a huge step in the right direction for our confidence, the girls did a great job bouncing back.”
Bayley Olson broke the ice with a goal two minutes into the first half to give Millbrook a 1-0 lead. Enloe answered quick, but off the ensuing draw, McCaine Brandt got possession of the ball, drove to the net, and finished to put the Wildcats ahead for good.
Enloe kept pace with Millbrook through the opening ten minutes of play. After Natalie Brooks tallied a goal to make it 3-1, the Eagles responded by shrinking the gap back to one. Olson scored her second, and Dana Florian netted a goal for a 5-2 lead only to see Enloe storm back down field and find the back of the net on a goal by Gabi Tran.
Emily Petersen flung a backhander past the goalie for a 6-3 advantage that kickstarted a 7-0 Wildcat run over the course of the next 25 minutes. Livy Luckinbill registered a goal with 4:44 left in the half on an assist from Florian, and Brandt sent Millbrook into halftime with an 8-3 lead on her second goal of the game.
Olson lead Millbrook in scoring with a three-goal effort, her final goal coming in the opening seconds of the second half on a free shot goal. The senior midfielder has now pulled off a hat trick in four games this season, two coming against Enloe.
Florian continued the Wildcat attack with an unassisted goal, then charged down field after scooping up a ground ball, and found Makenna Neubert for her first of the contest. After goals from Brooks, Luckinbill, Elyssa Holman, and Lexi Carroll, Florian teamed up with Neubert one more time to close out Millbrook’s offensive output.
Nine girls combined to score the 16 Wildcat goals, making it the eighth time that seven or more players have contributed a goal in a single game. Millbrook lacks a top-10 scorer on the Cap-8 leaderboard, but as a team, the Wildcats’ 182 goals this season are the tenth most of any team in the country. Coincidentally, that total is only a tie for the top spot in the conference as Broughton has also tallied 182 goals up until this point.
“To be atop the conference in goals scored says so much about our program, and the time and effort that our girls have put in to grow this program. Four or five years ago, we would go an entire season with 20 total goals”, said Cope.
In goal, Gracie Evans saw 12 shots, and fended off seven of them. During Millbrook’s 7-0 run, Evans made a pair of kick-saves, bodied down a shot, and got her stick on another, denying the Eagles of any chance at a momentum-changing comeback attempt.
Millbrook will head into its spring break with a 9-4 overall record, 4-1 in the Cap-8 Conference. The Wildcats return action on April 17th with a road trip to Chapel Hill High School that is scheduled for 6:15 PM.