Louisville Rally Falls Short in Opener Vs. Chardon – Girls Lacrosse
Chardon 8, Louisville 6
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The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team’s second half rally came up short against the visiting Chardon Hilltoppers who prevailed 8-6 in the season opener Saturday at Louisville Leopards Stadium.
Platz Helps Chardon Build 1st Half Lead
Chardon broke the ice with a free position goal via sophomore Gray Tyminski. Then senior Chloe Shadle answered back to get Louisville on the board and knot the game at 1-1.
Another free position goal by junior Grace Darone put the Hilltoppers ahead 2-1. Then freshman Payton Platz connected with junior Stella Parrish to give Chardon a 3-1 cushion.
Platz would also find the back of the net twice to help the Hilltoppers build a 5-2 lead. She shot from the center out of free position for her first score. Later, freshman Mia Goodwin delivered a pass to Platz, who was cutting in from the left side of the net. She flushed it home for another CHS goal.
Spehar Scores Twice in Opening Half
Earlier, junior Kalli Spehar weaved her way to the net to get LHS within 3-2.
After the aforementioned pair of goals by the Hilltoppers, the Leopards looked to strike again. Spehar controlled the ball at the top of the arch. She then fired a pass to junior Kylee Murphy who was cutting in front of the net from the right side. The pass missed its mark and found the back of the net instead for Spehar’s second goal of the game.
Louisville went into the break down 5-3.
Parrish Notches Hat Trick for Hilltoppers
Parrish opened the second half with a pair of goals to give Chardon its largest lead of the game at 7-3. Her second score of the contest was a free position goal. Then out of another free position play, Darone fired a quick pass across the zone to Parrish who netted it home for a hat trick score.
Leopards Rally with 3 Straight Goals
Louisville answered with three consecutive goals to get within 7-6 late in the second half. First Murphy picked up a ground ball behind the goal after an errant shot attempt. She then wrapped around the net for a shot and score.
Next, a beautiful cross pass by senior Hallie Schillig found the stick of junior Olivia Marcantonio in front of the goal. She one-timed it into the back of the net to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Later in the half, junior Tess Golden sprinted downfield inside the scoring area and weaved between two defenders. She then bounced back in front of the goal and flicked the ball past the Chardon goalie to get the Lady Leopards within a single goal at 7-6.
Tyminski Secures Win For Chardon
Tyminski scored her second goal of the game with 57 seconds to play to ice the game for the Hilltoppers at 8-6. The free position goal was her second of the contest and Chardon’s fifth for the game.
Louisville was unable to get any closer as they dropped their third straight opener dating back to 2019.
Louisville Vs. Chardon Girls Lacrosse Series
The Leopards are now 2-2 against the Hilltoppers all-time dating back to their first meeting in 2016. Louisville holds a 2-2 record in games played at Louisville Leopards Stadium in the series. The Lady Leopards fell on the road at Chardon 16-7 a season ago and thus closed the gap significantly in Saturday’s opener.
Louisville is now 3-3 all-time in season openers since their inaugural season as a program in 2016.
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UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next host the Poland Seminary Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 23. Game time is slated for 6:00 PM at Louisville Leopards Stadium..
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Chardon at Louisville Girls Lacrosse Box Score
HILLTOPPERS 8, LEOPARDS 6
CHARDON – Gray Tyminski | LHS 0, CHS 1
LOUISVILLE – Chloe Shadle | LHS 1, CHS 1
CHARDON – Grace Darone | LHS 1, CHS 2
CHARDON – Stella Parrish (Payton Platz) | LHS 1, CHS 3
LOUISVILLE – Kalli Spehar | LHS 2, CHS 3
CHARDON – Payton Platz | LHS 2, CHS 4
CHARDON – Payton Platz (Mia Goodwin) | LHS 2, CHS 5
LOUISVILLE – Kalli Spehar | LHS 3, CHS 5
CHARDON – Stella Parrish | LHS 3, CHS 6
CHARDON – Stella Parrish (Grace Darone) | LHS 3, CHS 7
LOUISVILLE – Kylee Murphy | LHS 4, CHS 7
LOUISVILLE – Olivia Marcantonio (Hallie Schillig) | LHS 5, CHS 7
LOUISVILLE – Tess Golden | LHS 6, CHS 7
CHARDON – Gray Tyminski | LHS 5, CHS 7, 0:57