Girls’ Lacrosse: Late goal sparks Panthers past Andover 10-9

Offense took center stage at Spring Lake Park Wednesday evening as the Panthers defended its home field against Andover 10-9 in the girls’ lacrosse season opener for both programs.

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Spring Lake Park's Miranda Mulvihill, left, looks to make a pass while Andover's Shelby Grivna tries to knock the ball loose. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park's Miranda Mulvihill, left, looks to make a pass while Andover's Shelby Grivna tries to knock the ball loose. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park led 6-4 at the half and Andover pulled ahead 9-8 with eight minutes left to set up a dramatic conclusion. The Panthers tied it up late and scored the eventual game-winner with 15 seconds on the clock.

“Both teams played well for the first game – lots of hustle and several great saves by the goalies,” Spring Lake Park coach Chris Clark said.

“It was a great team performance and our team had a lot of opportunities for a lot of different players but were stopped by a great performance by Spring Lake Park’s goaltender,” Andover coach Derek Johnson said as Panthers net minder Hailey Munsterman posted 30 saves and earned the win.

On the offensive side Spring Lake Park’s Miranda Mulvihill had five goals followed by Karissa Thompson with two goals and Allie Kowalzek contributed one goal.
Andover was led offensively by Carly Haskins hat trick as Katie Ruprecht and Kaeli Kraker each had two goals.

Jason Olson is at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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