Fort Mill girls defeat NaFo, push lax record to 3-0

mbanks@comporium.netMarch 10, 2014 

— The Fort Mill girls’ lacrosse team stayed perfect at 3-0 on the season, getting the best of rivals Nation Ford 13-4 last week.

Fort Mill was led by senior Claire Frase, who scored seven goals for the Lady Jackets. Sophomore Maddie Anderson added a hat trick of her own.

“I think the chemistry on our team is getting better and better every day,” said Fort Mill head coach Emily Tobin. “We spend a lot of time working together and I think we will continue to improve.”

Fort Mill sophomore Maddie Anderson scored within the first 19 seconds of the game to put the Lady Jackets up 1-0. From there, Frase and friends got involved after she scored her first goal two minutes later to put Fort Mill up 2-0.

The Lady Jackets controlled the game offensively, taking 34 shots on goal in the contest. Senior Kirsten Terry scored the first of her two goals with about 17 minutes left in the opening half.

Nation Ford rallied with a goal by Rachel Denny to make it 3-1. However, Frase scored back-to-back goals to give herself a hat trick, the first coming in the 13th minute, and again two minutes later. The second goal put Fort Mill up 5-1.

The Lady Jackets added two more goals before the half – one by Anderson and the other by Terry – to make the score 7-1.

In the second half, Frase struck again, just two minutes into play. Nation Ford rattled off three straight goals to cut the Lady Jackets’ lead in half.

Denney scored two more goals and Samantha McNeil added the other goal for Nation Ford.

Fort Mill swung things around and scored five more unanswered goals to close the game out.

Frase got three of those goals and Anderson added another to get a hat trick, while freshman April Tankersley added a goal in the mix as well.

The loss dropped Nation Ford to 0-2 on the season.

“It’s a second year program and we are a growing program,” said Nation Ford head coach Tom McNeil.

“Got a lot of girls with only a year or two in, but the hard work and enthusiasm shows on the field. It was a decent loss, but you can only be defeated if you give up and they never gave up. We are going to keep working and bring the girls along with the fundamentals.”

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