Harford pulls away from OCC, moves to title match

Photo by Pam Hutton.
Photo by Pam Hutton.

ROCHESTER, New York - Courtney Poole scored four of her game-high six goals in the second half to lead the Harford Community College women's lacrosse team to a 19-11 victory over Onondaga Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA tournament Saturday.

The Fighting Owls (11-3) move on to face five-time defending champion Monroe Community College in Sunday's title tilt. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Poole was nearly unstoppable as Harford rang up 11 goals in the second half to pull away from the Lazers. Along with the four goals, she also assisted on three others over the final 30 minutes to finish with six goals and five assists on the afternoon.

The game was tied early before the Owls scored four straight to make it 5-1. Kelsie Davis scored both of her goals in a run that gave Harford some breathing room.

The lead was 8-3 before Molly Beck and Kass Myers found the back of the cage for the Lazers down the stretch to make it a three-goal contest at the break.

Myers scored again just 45 seconds into the second half to make it 8-6. But the Fighting Owls responded by scoring eight of the next nine to take command. All four of Poole's second-half scores came during that game-changing run.

Nina Urban finished with four goals, four ground balls, and seven draw controls for Harford. Rachel Wilson and Erin Dean chipped in with two goals each. Brooke Siebert made seven saves in goal.

Myers and Beck tallied three goals and one assist each for Onondaga. Michaela Whiteman and Molly Martinichio scored two goals apiece, and Makenzie O'Brien stopped 10 shots in the cage.