RALEIGH — Broughton had two big problems in its Cap Eight girls lacrosse matchup with Cardinal Gibbons on Thursday night. They allowed Cardinal Gibbons to win the majority of the game’s draws, and they had no answer for Shelby Scanlin as she led her team to a 16-9 win at Broughton.
The sophomore scored six goals, four in the first half.
“We had a lot of fast breaks, which helped us out,” Scanlin said. “We’ve been working on plays in practice and we put it to use pretty well in this game.”
Cardinal Gibbons took control of the game early, jumping out to a 5-1 lead. A quick Broughton scoring spurt cut the margin to one with less than three minutes remaining.
“We were getting possession right away, and we were quickly seeing the open person,” coach Patricia Alexander said of Broughton’s late first-half run.
“We are a good fastbreak team. When we have that, we get to play our way. When we didn’t have that, it sort of changed the swing of things.”
Gibbons closed the first half with three unanswered goals to take an 8-4 lead into halftime.
Gibbons (7-2) got off to a hot start again in the second half, as Scanlin scored less than a half-minute into the period. This time there would be no letup as the team quickly added to its lead and outscored Broughton 8-5 in the second half.
After the game, Alexander pointed specifically to the lack of her team’s ability to take and maintain control of the ball as the reason for the loss.
“Possession was everything – possession and turnovers. At one point, it was almost equal. Inevitably for the game, the keys were possession and draw control.”
In addition to Scanlin’s half-dozen goals, Lane Huger and Claire Nelson added three goals each. Despite her great performance, after the game, Scanlin was more interested in discussing how her team has improved this season than her own performance.
“Our speed as a team has improved, and we’ve gotten in a lot better shape,” she said.
“I think all together, we just work really well as a team.”
Sydney Fry paced Broughton (4-3-1) with three goals, and Grace Drescher added two in the second half. Despite the loss, Alexander said she’s optimistic about her team’s prospects for the season’s second half.
“I’m proud with the progression that we’re making,” she said.
“Even though the score of the game didn’t show it, we’re climbing along at a steady pace and we’re improving pretty much every game.”