By Zach Shugan
ROSWELL, Ga. — Spring sports playoffs are back with a vengeance, and so is the Roswell girls lacrosse team.
Roswell sailed to a 24-6 victory over Harrison on Wednesday at Ray Manus Stadium. With a double-digit halftime lead to their name, the Hornets were able to put on cruise control for the second half as they punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 for the fourth season in a row.
“I think we had a lot pent up from our past games,” Roswell head coach Brooke Magnuson said. “They came to play today.”
Roswell (15-3, 5-1) dropped its second game of the season on Apr. 16 to rival Milton in the Area 2 championship game. The next week, the Hornets fell in a five-overtime game to Johns Creek.
Instead of letting those late-season losses lead to their demise, the Hornets seem to have used them as motivation.
“I think our girls went back to believing in themselves and put the fight and talent together to become who they know they are,” Magnuson said. “We finally went back to playing our game.”
It took a few minutes for the Hornets to get going against Harrison, but once they did the flood gates opened. The game was tied 1-1 five minutes into the game, then five minutes later Roswell led by double digits.
The Hornets rattled off 11 unanswered goals in a 4:36 span to take a 12-1 lead on the Hoyas. They took a comfortable 16-4 lead into halftime.
With a running clock used for the entire second half, Roswell put the finishing touches on its dominating win over the Hoyas.
Five different players netted hat tricks in the win for the Hornets, led by six goals apiece from sophomore Kayla Macleod and freshman Laila Johnson. Caroline Kardian (5), Hannah Davis (4) and Sloan Taylor (3) also found the back of the net multiple times.
“It feels good,” Magnuson said. “I’m proud of how we played tonight. I think the most important thing is our girls can’t be satisfied. We just have to keep grinding.”
Roswell will play at one-seed Kell in the second round, which will be played either May 3 or 4.