WEST NORRITON — Playing for the first time this season on the school's turf field, Norristown High's girls lacrosse team had designs on winning its first game of the year.
And as late as the 10:29 mark of the second half of Friday's frigid non-league meeting with Lower Moreland, the Eagles had the lead.
But ultimately the Lions would play spoiler, scoring three times in the final 9:20 to pull out a 12-10 victory, denying Norristown its first win while notching their own.
"We really pulled it together,' said Devon Felix, who notched six goals for the winners, including the game-tying and the game-winning goals in the second half. "We were able to pass to each other and make it flow.
"That was something we talked about before the game, and we really stepped it up and worked together.'
Norristown was just as efficient throughout most of the game, and led on three separate occasions in the second half. But down the stretch, the Eagles came up empty on at least four quality scoring opportunities.
"We worked together as a team,' said Emma Hagel, who had two goals and two assists for Norristown, including the goal at the 10:29 mark of the second half that gave the home team its final lead. "We tried our best, we just couldn't make it this time.'
In a game in which neither side could mount more than a two-goal lead, Norristown jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the first half, only to see the Lions score the next four goals to snare a 5-3 advantage.
Tallies by Hagel, Natalie Mitchell and Steph Dimitry, sandwiched around a goal by Kaila Landau, re-tied the score at 6 before Felix's goal pushed the Lions in front, 7-6, at the break.
Norristown jumped back on top in the second half on goals by Dimitry and Keifonna Ferguson, and did not trail again until the half's final 5:16 when Felix pushed past the Eagles defense to give the visitors an 11-10 edge.
"I try and use my speed when I can,' Felix said. "If I don't see a pass, I go to goal.'
Norristown pressed the attack late, but were unable to solve goaltender Claire McPherson or the Lions defense.
"We got some chances,' Hagel said. "A lot of us play different sports together, and we're all great friends.
"We have a weird connection where we kind of know where we're going to be on the field.'
Andrew Leonard notched his fourth goal of the game just 23 seconds after Felix's go-ahead score, and the Lions hung on for the victory.
"We're getting better a step at a time,' said Norristown head coach Brian Kennedy. "I thought we played real well today, it was our best game of the year.'
"We were hoping to win our first game this year on our turf,' Hagel said. "But we'll come back and redeem ourselves before the end of the year.'