SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - With the spring sports season winding down, the South Plainfield High School girls lacrosse team took their home field for a match against Passaic Valley High School. The two squads squared off in a late-season matchup last year, and the Lady Tigers (7-11) edged out an 11-10 overtime win. The game was dubbed the "Golden Crosse" game, because the two teams agreed that the winner of the game would take home a golden-painted lacrosse stick as a trophy.
The Golden Crosse was up for grabs in this year's matchup, and despite an early offensive surge by Passaic Valley, this year's game ended up being just as close as last year's affair. This time around though, it was the Green Hornets (7-8) who came out on top. Passaic Valley edged out a 9-8 victory to take possession of the Golden Crosse.
The game started off in Passaic Valley's favor, as the visiting team jumped out to a 5-2 first half lead over the Lady Tigers. South Plainfield fought back though and went on to outscore the Green Hornets 6-4 in the second half. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, Passaic Valley was able to keep their composure enough to edge out the one-goal victory.
Kourney Scipio and Lynda Farinella both scored two goals each to lead South Plainfield on offense. Kate Smith tallied two points off a goal and an assist, while Haley Olsen, Lindsey Soper and Ashley Olsen scored one goal each for the Lady Tigers. Tatianna Sutor turned away 22 shots in net for South Plainfield.
Catherine Bennett scored a game-high four points for the Green Hornets, while Emily Hyde had a hat trick, and Triniry Toerock tallied two goals. Zoe Weigele recorded 17 saves.
Passaic Valley's victory gave the team their most wins in program history.
South Plainfield are tabbed to take their home field once-more, in their season closer against St. John Villa of New York. The Lady Tigers defeated St. John Villa 13-6 in the last game of the 2017 season.