Down a player for the entire second half after tallying four yellow cards in the first, the Flint Hill girls lacrosse team hunkered down to pull out a 10-9 win over Stone Ridge on Thursday.
After starting the game up 5-0, the Huskies lost their large lead as the Gators went on a 5-1 scoring spree. The Huskies entered halftime up 6-5, with three goals from Lizzie Schwien, and one each from Catie Chess, Mary Lewis and Jillian Goulding.
The second half started with three straight Stone Ridge goals to put the Huskies at a 2-point deficit. With a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, Schwien scored her fourth goal and Lewis followed up with a goal to tie the game about 30 seconds later.
Katherine Doyle scored her first goal of the game with about seven minutes on the clock, only to have the Gators tie the game about a minute later. Chess scored her second goal, which became the game-winner after the Huskies battled to hold the Gators with three minutes remaining.
"I just thought our defense showed tremendous grit and determination," Coach Samantha Eustace said. "Ansley [Gibson] played great in the goal and our defense stepped it up."
Before the game, Eustace knew the matchup with Stone Ridge would be tough one just based on history.
"For some reason, we always play one-point games with them. It's happened each season," Eustace said. "You want a game like this in your season, where the other team battles back and really challenges you."
The Huskies will face three state opponents next week: Potomac, Episcopal and Bishop Ireton. Eustace is confident the Huskies will remain competitive in the state rankings.
"Our momentum is going in the right direction, and I think our defense showed today they're ready to take us to the end," she said.
The Huskies will first face Norfolk Academy noon Saturday at Flint Hill.