Second half struggles doom Panthers in loss

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — One-half of play was the difference between a win and a loss for the Hoosick Falls girls lacrosse team in their game against Emma Willard

Tied at the half, the Panthers saw the game get away from them in a blink of an eye as Emma Willard outscored Hoosick Falls 6-2 in the final 25 minutes in a 10-6 loss on Thursday afternoon.

Just 2:30 into the second half, Trinity Aptearey was able to get past the Panther defense to score her second goal of the afternoon to give Emma Willard a 5-4 lead.

Seconds later, Tochi Wigwe extended Emma Willard's lead to 6-4 with her first goal of the game and teammate Emma LeMay drove down the field untouched for her first of the game as well and all of a sudden, Hoosick Falls was down three goals.

"We allowed them to get some second chance opportunities and they cashed in on them," said Hoosick Falls coach Lisa Ferrannini. "We didn't get on defense quickly at times, which hurt us on a couple goals and we didn't execute well on both sides in the transition game."

Down three, the Panthers saw their deficit grow even more when Katie Williams scored her second to make it a 8-4 Emma Willard and then assisted teammate Cali Cernolia on her third goal of the afternoon, making it a five-goal lead for the Jesters.

Trying to spark a Panthers comeback, senior Jordyn Haynes got Hoosick Falls its first goal of the second half — her fourth of the game and her 100th goal of her high school career, making her the first player in school history to reach that mark.

"It's a very special honor for me to be the first person in the program's history to reach that milestone," Haynes said. "I hope my accomplishment helps inspire the younger girls playing lacrosse in the area to be a great player and help our young program grow more in the years to come."

Overall, Haynes tallied a game-high five goals on the afternoon and now has 101 goals in her career.

With her accomplishment, Haynes also now has reached 100 goals in two sports, scoring 130 career goals in soccer as well.

Unfortunately, the Panthers could not capitalize on Haynes' late goals as Emma Willard tacked on another goal and kept the Panthers at bay for the rest of the game, to finish the a 10-6 victory.

Junior Ashley Foster had the other lone goal for the Panthers in the loss.

"It's a tough loss for us, especially after we fought back to tie it up going into halftime," Ferrannini said. "Also the fact that we usually play our best in the second half and we didn't today was also strange to see, but we'll just get back to working on things to help us get better and hopefully we can get on roll during the middle of the season."

With the loss, the Panthers drop to 1-3.

Hoosick Falls will now travel to Central New York for their next game against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


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