Erin Slifer provided the game-winner for Boston (Photo by Justin Lafleur).
The United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) returned to action on Friday afternoon in Midlothian, Va., with the resilient Boston Storm (5-2) again using a late rally to edge the Baltimore Ride (3-4), 11-10. The winning Boston side put on a concerted team effort, with four different players recording a pair of goals, while the Ride was led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin and Amanda Johansen.
Baltimore scored the first three tallies of this match, which included two from Griffin and a third score by Johansen. Sarah Bullard then responded for the Storm before Johansen and Dana Dobbie struck to make it 5-1 in favor of the Ride. Boston answered with back-to-back tallies off the sticks of Kailah Kempney and Tanner Guarino, and then Griffin and Ali Flury exchanged notches to put up a 6-4 score line when the two clubs broke for the intermission.
After Bullard and Johansen got the second half scoring underway, Flury and Danielle Spencer hit consecutive goals to level the contest at seven apiece. The Ride reacquired a two-score advantage on tallies from Aly Carey and Dobbie, 9-7, but the Storm then hit an offensive burst that saw them put away four consecutive goals with just over five minutes remaining. Taylor Cummings was able to bring Baltimore within a single notch at 11-10, but that same score remained when the final whistle was eventually blown.
Both of these clubs will now play their final matches of the 2016 regular season on Saturday afternoon. First up, Boston will meet the Philadelphia Force at 2:00 p.m., followed up by the Ride taking on the Long Island Sound at 4:00 p.m.
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