CHATHAM, NJ - Senior middie Frances Workman was determined to make her final home girls lacrosse game for Chatham at Haas Field a winning one.
Workman took the necessary steps to ignite her team, scoring three straight goals and then setting up a goal by Haley Riabov during an 11-goal scoring run that sent the Cougars past West Morris, 18-6, in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state tournament.
Chatham (13-5) will travel to meet top-seeded Summit (15-3) in the sectional semifinals 4 p.m. Monday. Summit won its quarterfinal game, 21-7, over West Essex.
West Morris had taken an early 3-1 lead before Chatham coach Helen Oliver decided to switch up the draw and insert 6-1 junior Shannon Donohoe, the center on Chatham's Group 3 state champion girls basketball team.
Donohoe won four draw controls and also picked up a ground ball while Workman sparked the offense when Chatham built a 12-3 advantage.
"Shannon got thrown in there because we weren't winning it with Olivia (Garman)," Oliver said. "Olivia has had an amazing season on the draw. Sometimes it doesn't go our way and you make a change. We were stuck in a rut for the first 15 minutes until we started to play our game."
Frances Workman and Shannon Donohoe talk about Chatham's run in the first half
Workman scored three straight goals to erase a 3-1 deficit and stake Chatham to a 4-3 lead it never relinquished. See the three goals scored in order by Workman below.
Callie Riabov scored to make the score 5-3 before Workman passed inside to Haley Riabov, who put her shot away for a 6-3 advantage (see below).
COUGAR NOTES: Freshman Carly Frohnapfel and sophomore Ashley Smith each scored their first career varsity goals ... 12 different players scored for Chatham with two goals apiece from Chloe McGlynn, Haley Riabov, Lizzie O'Neill, Kayleigh Coughlin ... Chatham lost to Summit, 10-7, on March 30, the second game of the season for the Cougars. Ally Franz and Haley Riabov each scored twice for Chatham in that game.
"It was so early in the season," Oliver said of the first Summit matchup. "They've evolved and we've evolved. It's definitely going to be a good game. I'm excited and the girls are excited."