North Penn defeats Council Rock North in first league game


Jessica Wendowski

Senior captain Danielle Preston goes on the attack looking for an open teammate

TOWAMENCIN- The first in-league game of the season is what sets the tone for the rest of the season. The North Penn girls lacrosse team started off on the right foot after taking a hard-fought victory for their first in-league game.

Wednesday afternoon, North Penn girls lacrosse (2-2) fought through a back and forth game against Council Rock North (4-3) to come out and win their first in-league game by one goal.

Although the game started off with a bit of a slow start, ten minutes into the game senior Danielle Preston got the momentum going with a strong first goal. In the first half junior goalie, Keira Holt was challenged by North’s defense but made some key saves.

Not long after junior Kayla Stressman scored two goals one assisted by Holt giving the team an early lead. At the end of the first half North scored a quick two goals tying up the score to 3-3.

“I think we were making a lot of mistakes that they were capitalizing on, so we just had to fix the little things so that we could come back,” sophomore Kerry O’Donnell explained.

After the 5 minute half and a change of pace, the Knights came out firing at North’s goalie. Within the first 11 minutes of the second half, the score quickly escalated for North Penn. Senior Jordan Baily scored, sophomore Riley O’Donnell put two in the back of the net, and senior Liv Caputo snuck one past.

Key contributors in the game: Kerry O’Donnell, Kayla Stressman, Jordan Baily, and Riley O’Donnell. (Jessica Wendowski)

“This game our attack really clicked and we were able to use each other and make plays off each other. We are finally learning how each other play and learning how to work together,” Baily stated.

Throughout the second half, possession kept switching between North Penn and Rock’s offense. After North scored, Baily added on another. Less than three minutes into the second half, North had a strong comeback, netting five goals.

“Our coaches used our timeouts and we went in with a different game plan and decided to utilize new plays to really get momentum and keep us scoring. When we were down it just made us fight harder because I think we got a little too cocky when we were up,” Baily emphasized.

After a close second half, North Penn rebounded and came back on top winning by one goal. Stressman and Baily added two more goals, and senior Emily Varilla contributed one.

“We started working together really well this game and I think that’s what we needed to continue on and get more wins,” Stressman said.

With home turf advantage, the girls next take on Abington tomorrow at 7 in the stadium.