Lake Norman’s girls lacrosse team stretched its own season’s success story while snapping the same of another in third-round play in the combination-class N.C. High School Athletic Association’s postseason play.
The Wildcats, a No. 2 seed, posted one of the biggest upsets of the statewide quarterfinal-round with a win over previously undefeated Weddington, 11-10, in overtime to reach fourth-round play equivalent to the NCHSAA’s West Regional semifinals phase.
Lake Norman notched the lone net-finding blow managed during the extended-play portion of the bout to advance.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to the 13-5 mark for the season.
It took some additional doing, though, for that to take place.
The two teams traded barbs throughout the course of regulation play to fashion a 10-all tie at the close of the first two halves to force the issue into overtime.
There, Lake Norman delivered what surfaced as the go-ahead goal to tag Weddington with its first loss all season.
The Wildcats were carried in the effort by the four goals logged in by Kayla Rinaldi. Also for the Wildcats, Bri Abreu chimed in with a trio of goals.
Aiding the charge, the crew consisting of Sydney Beicher, Tatum Kempthorn, Tara Haas, Maddie Conklin and Abby McMahan all pitched in with single scratches each.
In goal, keeper Julia Weimer stuck her stick in front of 10 shots for saves.
It was a tale of two halves on the part of each party.
During the course of first half play, the teams combined for a total of 17 goals while Lake Norman winding up on the short end of a 9-8 score.
Then, during the second period, the defensive intensity of both teams increased. As a result, the Wildcats used a mere 3-2 edge in goals to forge overtime.
Lake Norman secured a fourth-round date opposite fellow No. 2 seeded Charlotte Catholic for the right to advance on into West Regional finals play set to take place this week.