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Spartans notch first win against Nitros

Lacrosse: Glendale girls see late three-goal lead disappear in 11-10 overtime loss to La CaƱada.

March 20, 2012|By Andrew Shortall
  • Glendale's Kimberly Arroyo, left, runs with the ball while La Canada's Natalie Wilson tries to defend on Tuesday.
Glendale's Kimberly Arroyo, left, runs with the… (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — It seemed the La Cañada High girls' lacrosse team was destined to win its first game of the season Tuesday.

That was bad news for a short-handed Glendale squad, which played host to the Spartans in a Prep League game that eventually saw an early four-goal lead evaporate, as La Cañada pulled out an 11-10 overtime victory.

"It feels so good [to get the win], now we know we can do it," said first-year La Cañada Coach Kyle Smith, whose team improved to 1-6, 1-2 in league. "We have played teams that aren't as strong as Glendale, so we know if we can hang with them then we can hang with the other teams."

Glendale Coach Joe Campbell was down four starters Tuesday, but gave credit to an improved La Cañada team.

"[The Spartans] are completely improved over where they were and that was a big thing [in the game]," said Campbell, whose team defeated La Cañada, 6-4, on Feb. 29. "They have gotten so much better."

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The Spartans rallied for the win after being down by as many as three goals, 9-6, with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Paige Milne and Tiffany Chen tied the game at 9 for La Cañada. Milne scored with 9:16 to go and Chen recorded consecutive goals with 7:52 and 4:30 left.

Jenna Nance put Glendale (6-5, 1-2) back out in front, 10-9, when she scored on a penalty shot with two minutes remaining.

Nance and Elena Pierce led the Nitros offense all game as the pair combined for all but one goal with Nance scoring four times and Pierce finishing tied for a game-high five goals with La Cañada's Christine Noh.

Noh sent the game into overtime tied when she scored with 25 seconds left in regulation.

Noh notched the game winner 12 seconds into the first of two three-minute overtime halves when she buried a penalty shot.

"It feels great, I feel like crying," Noh said. "We really wanted to win, it's midseason and we hadn't won yet so we just wanted to feel happy about winning as a team."

The Spartans defense locked down in overtime, giving up just one shot in the extra period that was saved by La Cañada goalie Caroline Gordon, who finished with five saves.

Glendale mounted a late attack with 34 seconds left, charging into La Cañada's zone but a turnover allowed the Spartans to chuck the ball down field with two seconds left and let time expire.

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