Lady Falcons win 4 of last 5 lacrosse games

mbanks@comporium.netApril 7, 2014 

Nation Ford’s Rachel Denney runs down field during the Lady Falcons game with Marvin Ridge.

MAC BANKS

— Nation Ford girls’ lacrosse team finished the season strong, winning four of its last five games to post a 5-7 record.

The Lady Falcons ended the season with a loss against Marvin Ridge, but first year coach Tom McNeil said the program is heading in the right direction

“It’s a building process,” he said. “We have had a great team and a great bunch of girls. It’s a foundational thing.”

To end the season, Nation Ford played a strong game against AC Flora, getting an 11-5 win. The team followed that game with a 7-5 win against Cuthbertson and a 12-7 win against Concord.

Against AC Flora, the Lady Falcons were led by Rachel Denney, Samantha McNeil and Savanna Delong, who all scored multiple goals. Denney scored a goal 40 seconds after the faceoff, but AC Flora came back to tie it and take a 2-1 lead soon after.

Nation Ford got a goal from McNeil, her first of four in the game, to tie it 2-2, before the two squads again traded goals. Delong and McNeil scored again before the end of the first half, along with a goal from Alexis Walden to take a 5-4 lead.

In the second half, Nation Ford padded its lead with four goals .

AC Flora scored again, but couldn’t put together a rally with about 16 minutes left. Nation Ford netted two more goals from Marlo Vandiver and Brianna Iorio with less than 10 minutes left.

In the team’s season-ending loss to Marvin Ridge, the Lady Falcons got goals from Denney and McNeil as they fell to the No. 14 team in North Carolina.

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