LAKE PLACID - The Northwood School girls lacrosse team got the better of Saranac Lake in a wild shootout Wednesday, topping the Red Storm 11-10 in non-league action in Lake Placid.
In a game that saw the final 10 minutes played in a downpour, the Huskies rallied from a 10-8 deficit by scoring the last three goals of the match. Northwood led much of the way, but Saranac Lake clawed back to tie the score at 8-8, and that's when the skies opened up. The Red Storm tacked on two more goals after the rain began to take their first lead of the game but couldn't hold off a late Huskies' surge.
"Our kids were resilient and so were Saranac Lake's," Northwood head coach Trevor Gilligan said. "We played well in spurts. It's all just a possession game in girls lacrosse, and when we were a little more tenacious and competed harder, we played better."
Saranac Lake’s Kaliegh Woodruff splits a pair of defenders while firing a shot that beat Northwood goalie Lindsay Powers during the second half of Wednesday’s game. Woodruff scored three goals to lead the Red Storm in their 11-10 loss to the Huskies.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Erin Brand led Northwood with five goals, Cailey Hutchinson scored three times, Chloe Doctor had two tallies and Olga Russell chipped in one goal for the winners.
Kaliegh Woodruff paced Saranac Lake with three goals and an assist, Kylie Sapone found the back of the net two times and added an assist, Rita Munn scored once and set up three Red Storm tallies, and Marissa McDonough, Brigit Sullivan, Elena Beideck and Kennedy Snyder each scored a goal for Saranac Lake.
Lindsay Powers tended the nets for the Huskies while Katey Sullivan played in goal for the Red Storm.
Wednesday was the fourth time this season the Huskies played in a match decided by a single goal. They improved to 2-4 with the win.
"We've been in every game," Gilligan said. "We have a few really good lacrosse players, and a team of real athletes who love to compete."
Northwood's girls close out their season at home Friday with a match against Ogdensburg scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
With the loss, the Red Storm fell to 4-5 overall. They are 4-4 in Section X league play.
Saranac Lake returns to league action today on the road against Heuvelton.