SPRINGDALE – Fifteen first-half goals proved to be the difference as Eleanor Roosevelt High School won its third-straight girls lacrosse county championship, defeating Gwynn Park 22-9 on May 4.
Attacker Isabella Gandolph was the catalyst of Roosevelt’s attack throughout the game by setting up plays for her fellow teammates or finding enough room to convert goal-scoring opportunities.
The junior finished with seven points including scoring four goals and three assists.
“This county championship is special,” Gandolph said. “For the seniors, this is their last county game with us, and to me, they have left such a huge impact and I just want to do anything I can for my team.”
The junior scored the second goal of the game after receiving a quick pass from fellow attacker Olivia Joachim in front of the goal net. Gandolph connected with back-to-back assists to captains Jeanette Betke and Camille Lorente before scoring a free position shot to give Roosevelt (12-0) a five-goal advantage.
Roosevelt continued its offensive assault in front of goal in the first half, scoring 13 goals on the 15 shots they released. Meanwhile, Gwynn Park (11-1) received contributions from their attacking core featuring sophomore Edelyn Bobadilla and seniors Aminah Miller and Spencer Cole to reduce their deficit to nine goals by halftime.
The Raiders continued scoring coming off the break with Lorente adding her second goal of the game and Joachim adding her fourth goal off a breakaway.
Betke completed her hat trick midway through the second half while goalie Zosia Nicholson was pulled after making six saves.
The Yellow Jackets scored the game’s final three goals with their trio of attackers adding a goal apiece.
Despite losing in their first county championship appearance, they will look to bounce back as the No. 2 seed in their 2A North Sectional.
With the win, Roosevelt has claimed three-of-four county championships since lacrosse was introduced as a varsity sport. The Raiders will look to continue its undefeated season going in the South bracket in the 4A state playoffs.
However, they will have to face a challenging opponent, either Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. or rivals Bowie, during the sectional rounds before it can they can compete for their second-straight regional title.