Laura Hurff spent two agonizing minutes on the sideline Tuesday, relegated to being a spectator after she received a yellow card.
Archmere pulled within one goal of Ursuline while Hurff was out, but the junior made an immediate impact when she returned. Hurff went on a zig-zagging, 30-yard run through the Auks’ defense and scored to start a three-goal run as the Raiders downed No. 2-ranked Archmere 9-7 in girls lacrosse.
“That really motivated me,” Hurff said of the yellow card. “I realized that what I did was wrong, and it really hurt my team.
“They really kept their composure,” she said. “I knew I had to do something to try to make it up to the team.”
Senior Mary Abram scored the next two goals as the Raiders turned a 6-5 lead into a 9-5 lead, then managed to hold on. Abram led a young Ursuline lineup with five goals and an assist.
“We have a lot of freshmen on the team, a lot of girls who haven’t played with us before,” Abram said. “We’ve been working on transition, and not getting down when they score. It paid off. We really wanted this game.”
The Raiders (3-1) led 5-3 at halftime, and made it 6-3 when a cutting Abram converted a long pass from sophomore Madeline Hughes with 22:03 left. But Archmere’s Alissa Salvitti scored twice in a three-minute span to pull the Auks (2-2) within 6-5 with 13:14 to go.
Hurff responded with her second goal of the game just 28 seconds later. Then Abram weaved through the Auks to score on a high shot, and took a pass from junior Erin Joyce and scored for a 9-5 lead with 9:02 remaining.
“This is a really good win,” Abram said. “Some of their girls used to go to school with us. We’re all friendly, but when it comes to the game, we’re rivals.”
The Auks outshot the Raiders 18-17. Ursuline’s Cecilia Cicone made eight saves, while Leigh Henjes stopped seven shots for Archmere.
“I think we beat ourselves,” Auks coach Caitlin Kelley said. “We made a lot of unforced errors the whole game. Just fundamentals, catching and passing, not forcing it.
“[Ursuline] played a disciplined, controlled game, which was great. But I think we were our own worst enemy out there,” she added.