It was an exciting night in The Horn Tuesday night as Lambert’s girls lacrosse team as Cloe Latini scored the game-winner in the Longhorns’ 13-12 victory against Chattahoochee in a crucial Area 5-6/7A game at home.
Things started off quickly as Lambert got out to a 5-0 lead in the first half. Attackers Gabby DiVirgilio and Jenna Humphries scored three of the five early goals. DiVirgilio also assisted Latini on the opening goal.
Chattahoochee responded, scoring three straight goals, all by Sienna Gore, to cut Lambert’s lead to 5-3.
“We made some minor adjustments going into the second half,” Lambert head coach Kate Sedgwick said, “but nothing makes us change from playing Lambert lacrosse.”
Following the half, Lambert (14-5) came out hot again. The Longhorns built their lead to 10-5. Seniors Ali Boisjolie and Peyton Smith were both apart of each of the three early second half goals.
But Chattahoochee responded again – the Cougars scored three straight goals, again.
“Lacrosse is a long game,” Sedgwick said. “Things can get out of hand quickly.”
That seemed the case after Lambert built a 12-8 lead. After the Longhorns added to their lead to make it 12-8 things, fell apart. Lambert’s offense stalled, and Gore rejuvenated Chattahoochee’s offense. She scored two straight goals, assisted Katie Cavanough on another and then struck again to tie the game with 1 minute 18 seconds left.
As the game went to overtime, Gore was the Lambert’s biggest threat. She’d already accounted for eight of Chattahoochee’s goals.
“We try not to focus on trying to stop one player because when we do that another play can make the play,” Sedgwick said.
But in overtime, Lambert had a double team on Gore as she moved within striking distance of the Longhorns’ goal. With nowhere to go, the Cougars turned the ball over.
Lambert capitalized. The Longhorns sped downfield. Latini finished for the game-winner.
“Everyone may talk about the stop and the goal but what about (Lambert goalkeeper) Morgan (Berman)?” Sedgwick said.
Indeed, Berman was impressive, making 10 saves, each one crucial considering the nail-biting outcome.