February 20, 2014

Lacrosse: Panthers battle Emmanuel down to the wire

The LaGrange lacrosse team battled visiting Emmanuel down to the wire Thursday at Panther Field. The Lions (2-1) took a hard-fought 18-13 win over the Panthers (0-2).

Senior Kelsey Griffin scored six goals for the Panthers to share game honors with Emmanuel's Haley Larson. Alexis Dillard and Olivia Monroe each had two goals for the Panthers.

Emmanuel led 4-1 almost nine minutes into the first half. The Panthers had five different players get a goal during the next 13 minutes to go up 6-5.

Monroe scored her second goal of the half to tie the game 7-7. Griffin's second goal tied the game again at 8. But the Lions got a goal in the closing seconds to lead 9-8 at halftime.

In the second half, the Panthers trailed 14-9 with 12:49 left. They got within two, 14-12, on back-to-back goals from Griffin.

Griffin's final goal of the game cut the deficit to 15-13 with 6:10 left. The Lions scored three insurance goals for the 18-13 final.

The Panthers host Columbia (S.C.) on Sunday at 2 p.m.