WILMINGTON – Trailing for more than half of Tuesday afternoon’s non-conference girls lacrosse match, and by as many as four goals in the second half, St. Mark’s got re-energized from a familiar power source.
Senior attacker Alyssa Simmons’ 100th career goal started a game-tying rally, and freshman Kendra Schweizer’s goal with 23 seconds left in the first overtime proved to the be the difference. The Spartans handed Charter School of Wilmington their first loss of the season in a stirring 12-11 comeback victory.
“It was a really a great effort [to come back],” Spartans head coach Melissa Olsen. “We really were struggling off the draw, so we knew that possessions were going to be important for us.”
“This is huge for our confidence,” said Simmons, who scored her 100th goal with 8:56 to go in the second half to trim Charter’s lead to 11-8. “I think this win will really get us going and set us up to, hopefully, win the rest of our games this season.”
Olsen said Simmons’ milestone was indicative of the kind of player and person she is – team first.
“She didn’t even tell us she was that close [to 100],” Olsen admitted. “We didn’t realize it until we heard parents yelling congratulations to her. She’s just a really selfless player.”
“It’s just great to get the 100th goal in a win,” Simmons said.
The Spartans then got two goals from Katherine Lee and the tying goal from Madelyn Baker over a four-minute span that shocked the Force, who fell to 5-1 on the season.
“We were just off in the second half,” Force coach Cindy DePrisco said. “St. Mark’s had a tremendous half and this lets us know what we can work on to get better. I don’t mind a loss in the regular season and I told my girls ‘This will be a blessing in disguise for us.’ “
After the senior trio of Simmons, Lee and Baker brought them back, it was Schweizer, a freshman, who came up with the goal that made the difference late in the first overtime after St. Mark’s (5-3) held possession for nearly two minutes of the three-minute period.
“I just saw an opportunity,” Schweizer said of her second goal of the game. “We were down and now we have so much more confidence because we know what we’re capable of.”
Alexandra Mash and Jordan Wood led Charter with 5 and 4 goals respectively.