Union Pines lacrosse defeats Jack Britt 5-4 for historic first win

March 15, 2020  •  1 Comment

Story and photos by Timothy L. Hale/Special to The Pilot
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CAMERON, N.C. – In what is sure to be remembered as a historic first season, the Union Pines women's lacrosse team defeated Jack Britt 5-4, March 12, earning their first varsity win in what may have been their final game of the season.

To a certain extent, it was fortuitous the win came at William Wilhoit Stadium in front of loyal UP lacrosse fans and supporters. Originally the game was scheduled at Jack Britt, but a change moved the game to Union Pines. Secondly, they played the game against the backdrop of uncertainty from the COVID-19 outbreak, and players, coaches, school administration, and fans were not sure if there would be any more games this season.

So the Lady Vikings knew what they needed to do, and the first half saw plenty of scoring for both teams.

Shania Jones scored first for the Lady Vikings, but that lead wouldn't hold as Jack Britt answered quickly, knotting the score at 1-all.

Jane Croser scored to increase the lead 2-1 for Union Pines, but again, Jack Britt answered twice, taking a 3-2 lead into halftime.

“We were down at the half and came back to win,” said head coach Tim Ripley. “I always tell my players that I am a coach that believes in the second-half comeback. Nothing is impossible – the team that wants it more finds a way to win.”

They found a way to win, but the second half started with Jack Britt grabbing an early goal, doubling their lead 4-2.

But nearly four minutes later, the Lady Vikings increased their defensive pressure, forced a turnover, and Azilee Moses raced up the field for a goal, cutting the lead to 4-3 with 17:37 remaining.

Jones scored her second goal for Union Pines with just under 5 minutes to play and knotting the score at 4-all.

Gabby Wood scored the go-ahead goal with 3:07 remaining, and a stout Union Pines defense held on securing the 5-4 win.

“I couldn't be more proud of this team,” Ripley said. “They played together, they won together, and hopefully started the momentum for a successful future Union Pines Lacrosse program. I am proud to have been a part of this momentous occasion.”

While the high school athletics season is unclear at the moment due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, if the Jack Britt game was the last for the Lady Vikings, at least they can say they ended their inaugural season with a win.

Team Stats:
Savannah Telemeco: 13 Saves
Shania Jones: 2 Goals, 6 Shots on Goal, 7 Ground Balls
Gabby Wood: 1 Goal, 3 Shots on Goal, 2 Draws, 2 Draw Possession, 10 Groundballs, 2 Forced Turnovers
Jane Croser: 1 Goal, 4 Shots on Goal, 7 Ground balls, 2 forced Turnovers
Azilee Moses: 1 Goal, 1 Shot on Goal, 9 Ground balls, 3 forced turnovers
River Britt: 2 Shots on Goal, 8 Draws, 3 Draw possessions, 4 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover
Elia McCullough: 3 Shots on Goal, 5 Ground Balls
Melody Ripley: 9 Ground Balls, 1 forced Turnover
Abby Anderson: 1 Ground Ball
Isabel Dumas: 1 shot on goal, 6 ground balls
Maddy Lennon: 1 Ground Ball
Jillian Manzo: 1 Shot on Goal, 4 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover
Rose Taylor: 5 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover


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