The Sparrows Point girls lacrosse team started strong and finished strong against visiting Perry Hall on Monday.
But its still wasn’t enough to overcome what the Gators did between the beginning and the ending.
Perry Hall rallied from an early three-goal deficit and held on to defeat the Pointers 13-12 on Monday.
A 7-0 Perry Hall surge, which eventually became a 10-2 run by the Gators over a 30-minute stretch starting with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to 10 minutes remaining in the game, put the visitors ahead 13-8.
Sparrows Point scored four goals over the last nine minutes, getting to within one goal with 48 seconds remaining.
But Perry Hall won the ensuing draw and was able to run out the clock.
Possession of the ball plagued the Pointers during the Gators’ decisive run. Sparrows Point repeatedly lost draws, and too often lost the ball during clear attempts.
The game was practically a replay of last year’s game at Perry Hall, which saw the Pointers jump out to a 5-0 lead, fall behind, and have a strong finish fall short.
Perry Hall had a 2-5 record entering the game, while Sparrows Point was 4-6. Both teams needed a win with the playoffs coming up next week.
After the gators extended an 8-6 halftime lead to 13-8, Elsa Turner started Sparrows Point’s comeback wih a goal. Alaina Jacurek scored, and Lylie Staubitz made it 13-11 with eight minutes remaining.
The next seven minutes proved frustrating for the Pointers. While the kept Perry Hall from scoring, they were unable to prevent te gators from holding the ball for a significant amount of time.
Several turnovers while on attack also hurt Sparrows Point during that seven-minute stretch.
Turner finally ended the game’s longest period of time without a goal by either team. The Pointers needed either to win the draw or force a quick turnover to have a chance to send the game into overtime.
Perry Hall had taken a 3-2 lead seven minutes into the game, only to have the Pointers respond with a 4-0 run to take a 6-3 lead.
Sarah Hunter scored the first goal, and Jacurak scored the next three.
But after Jacurak scored with 11:16 remaining in the half to make it 6-3, the Pointers didn’t score again until four minutes into the second half on another goal by Jacurak.
She finished with five goals while Hunter scored four.
Sparrows Point had two opportunities to slow Perry Hall’s surge and shorten the distance their late rally had to travel.
But a close shot was saved, as was a free position attempt. Otherwise, it could have been 13-10 entering the final nine minutes.
Sparrows Point was to finish the regular season at Catonsville on Wednesday.
Patapsco (6-4) lost at Parkville on Monday 11-0. The Patriots were to host Owings Mills on Wednesday and Overlea on Friday.
Dundalk (2-8) had one game last week, and it was postponed by rain. The Owls were to host Carver A&T on Wednesday.