A week ago, Summit went to Hood River Valley and lost by nine goals.
Back at home Wednesday night, the Storm proved they are a better team than what they showed in Hood River, falling to the Eagles by a single goal, 10-9, in the first round of the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state playoffs.
“I think we played them with more heart,” Summit coach Sara Grove said. “These Summit lacrosse girls know what they’re capable of now. They believe in themselves a lot more than they did the first time.”
Summit, the No. 7 seed in the Gold Bracket, had a chance to tie the game against No. 10 Hood River with five seconds remaining, but Lucy Jones, who scored two goals earlier, could not cash in on a penalty shot. Her attempt hit the top of the goal post and fell to the ground in front of the net.
“It was about a quarter of an inch from going in,” Grove said. “They played amazing.”
Summit appeared the tie the game five minutes earlier when Healy Bledsoe ran around the goal and fired a shot into the net. But Bledsoe’s goal was negated after it was determined she was playing with an illegal stick.
“The other team (HRV) asked that the refs check it,” Grove said. “The pocket wasn’t flat. There was a little too much room. They check it at the beginning (of the game). It can get loose as you play.”
It was the second Bledsoe goal to be denied. The first came with 3:25 remaining in the first half when she was issued a yellow card for a dangerous follow-through.
Hood River took advantage, expanding its lead to 7-3 less than a minute later.
Down 10-6 with 17 minutes remaining in the game, Summit shut out the Eagles the rest of the way to give itself a chance.
Erin McIntyre scored to get the Storm within 10-7 and Nicole Gallivan, who missed the second half of the first matchup against HRV with a head injury, struck twice to get Summit within a goal with 9:15 left.
“I tip my hat to our seniors who have done an amazing job bringing the team together and connecting,” Grove said. “Their whole mission today was to play as a team and together no matter what happened, and that showed on defense.”
Hood River Valley will play at No. 2 Oregon Episcopal on Friday in the quarterfinal round.
Summit finished the season 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the Central Oregon League.
“We have a super young team so for us to do as well as we did and end up in the ranking that we did is really impressive and really promising for the years ahead,” Grove said.
In another OGLA playoff game in Bend on Wednesday, No. 19 Bend United defeated No. 22 Southridge 16-7 at Mountain View High in the first round of the Silver Bracket (for seeds 17 and higher). Bend United advances to a quarterfinal game at No. 14 Newberg at 7 p.m. Friday.
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