Chambersburg scores a goal with four seconds remaining to beat CD East, 14-13, for its first victory in girls lacrosse. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
With less than two minutes remaining in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division girls lacrosse game Thursday night, Chambersburg had to take a collective breath.
After watching a 13-8 lead slip into a 13-13 tie, the Trojans didn't look as composed as they did early on.
Chambersburg coach Katie Feairheller said, "When we get caught in that situation, we get rushed, we get anxious, and we have a hard time settling and focusing when it is that close of a game."
But the Trojans did all they could, and when Hannah Raines sailed a pass over to Liza Ernst just outside of the circle, Ernst delivered the final dagger. With four seconds left, she buried one in the top left corner of the cage, sending Chambersburg into a frenzy of celebration. The Trojans defeated Central Dauphin East, 14-13.
"Honestly, I started panicking down there, but I got a great pass from Hannah," Ernst said. "I just shot it quick, and it went in. I don't even really remember it; I just remember looking at the ball in the top corner and it going in, then running over to hug Hannah and the rest of the team."
Despite the victory, Chambersburg learned a few hard lessons.
The Trojans (1-3, 1-2 MPC) held leads of 6-1 in the first half and 12-6 and 13-8 in the second half.
"We were up so far, and I think we thought, 'Oh, we got this,'" Ernst said. "They starting coming back, and we were all frustrated. Our goal was just to get one more, so we could win. It was like heart attack."
Even though it ended as a nail-biter, Feairheller remained positive about finally putting a mark in the win column.
"It feels good," she said. "We started out with some really strong teams, so it was nice to be able to play a team where we are more evenly matched, and it can be a good, competitive game."