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Lappin leads Cardinal Gibbons past Apex, 17-4

Girls Lacrosse: Cardinal Gibbons vs. Lake Norman (May 21, 2016)

May, 13 2017, 12:32 AM

Cardinal Gibbons senior Jordan Lappin scored seven goals to guide the Crusaders past unbeaten Apex, 17-4, Friday afternoon in the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls lacrosse playoffs.

“This was a built-up rivalry that we were coming into; a undefeated team that is really talented and really athletic,” said Cardinal Gibbons head coach Patricia Alexander. “We came with a game plan, and I’m glad we executed it.”

Lappin scored three of Cardinal Gibbons’ first seven goals and completed a hat trick in only 19:23 of playing time.

The Crusaders started the match on a 5-0 run but split the last four goals with Apex to close the first half.

Apex struggled to defend Cardinal Gibbons’ offense in one-on-one situations, leaving the slot open for cutting attackers.

“The more you move, the more you can move them off their defensive angles,” Alexander said. “That was one of our goals coming in here, just to keep the ball moving. If you see an opportunity one-on-one, obviously take it. We did a good job doing that between plays.”

The Cougars looked to grab momentum after scoring two of the first three goals in the second half, but the high-powered Crusaders had other plans.

Cardinal Gibbons answered Apex’s burst with a 9-0 run over the final 21 minutes of play to put away the previously unbeaten Cougars.

Lappin scored four second-half goals – including three straight – over 4:19 of play in the second half.

“She [Lappin] has had the most composure and has been the most unselfish player … I’m just really proud of her,” Alexander said. “Her leadership expands not only in scoring, but in running our offense and moving the ball around and assisting and seeing things. Obviously she’s extremely crucial to our success.”

Cardinal Gibbons’ sophomore Grace New also tallied a second-half hat trick and finished the entire game with four goals.

Apex sophomore Ellie Bromley led the team with two goals Friday afternoon. Sophomore Tess Rodgers, junior Tess Meurling and Bromley tallied two points apiece in the loss.

Cardinal Gibbons (18-2, 8-0 PAC 6) will advance to play Broughton in the NCHSAA East Regional Final on Tuesday.

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