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COPPELL COWGIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE

March 30, 2016

COPPELL 19, MCKINNEY 9

Guest contributor:  David Harp 

Cowgirl’s balance too much for McKinney.

Coppell Middle School North

On a night that began with threatening storms but ended with starry skies, the undefeated Coppell Cowgirls and McKinney Lacrosse teams squared off in a battle for North District supremacy in Texas High School Girls Lacrosse. McKinney brought their own storm in the first half, but it was the many stars for Coppell that would take the victory on this evening.

McKinney, the reigning Division 2 Texas State Champions, made the jump to Division 1 for the 2016 season, and rode into Coppell with a perfect 5-0 record. Coppell, 7-0 in Texas state play, knew they’d be in for the toughest test of the year. Early on, the game was a back and forth affair, with McKinney jumping out to an early lead on their first possession, thanks to a gorgeous dodge and shot by sophomore standout and Syracuse commit, Megan Carney. The goal would be one of five goals she’d score in the first half.

Coppell, on the other hand, had a balanced attack in the first half, and every time McKinney looked to build momentum, the experienced Cowgirls answered. McKinney’s offense centered around a few plays to isolate Carney in space against a single defender, but Coppell’s defense began adjusting with impressive help defense and well-timed slides to keep Carney away from goal as the half wore on. In contrast, the Cowgirl’s offense featured quick ball movement and a wide variety of plays to keep the McKinney defense on their heels, especially as Coppell’s offense found their rhythm.

After a tense first half, Coppell held on to a narrow 6-5 lead.

In the second half, thanks to a late check-to-the-head penalty by McKinney, Coppell began with a girl-up advantage, which was converted into a goal with rapidity just nine seconds into the half by senior Midfielder and Arizona State commit, Mia Harp. Then, just like the storm that had struck quickly but left just as fast, McKinney’s offense struck for two shorthanded goals. However, the next eight goals in a row would be scored by the many stars of the Cowgirls.

The Coppell offensive rhythm that started in the first half exploded in the second half for 13 total goals. Senior Attacker Charlotte Hayden continuously eluded McKinney defenders and found space around the goal, where she put in four goals and dished out four assists for a game-high eight points. Both middie lines for Coppell had big contributions as well, with 5 goals being scored by Harp, and another five notched by senior midfielder, Delaney Dendy.

Just as important as goal scoring was the supremacy Coppell found in the draw circle throughout the second half. McKinney had no answer for senior attacker and Syracuse commit, Morgan Widner, who won a dominant 20 of 29 draws for the game against a revolving door of McKinney opponents. As the offense was rolling, the Coppell defense clamped down with tenacity and discipline, taking away the space McKinney had found early, limiting McKinney’s chances throughout the second half. As usual, the charge on defense was led by senior Defenseman Kailey Rivera, accompanied by her band of defensive stalwarts, Junior Liz Pease, Junior Megan McAdams, Senior Whiney Bras and senior Christine LaPuma.

When the McKinney offense was able to find a slice of open field in the second half, they were continuously turned back by senior goalie and Arizona State commit, Berkley Bonneau. Her aggressive play forced many shots wide and off target, but she had the answer for the rest, making 10 saves on 19 McKinney shots.

The Cowgirls (8-0) continue their quest for another district title this Saturday at 3:00 pm against the Allen Lady Eagles (6-2) at Coppell Middle School West – Lesley Field. 

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