Photo by Justin Lafleur.
The Philadelphia Force (2-6) finished the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) regular season in exceptional form this weekend in Midlothian, Va., capping off a Friday win over the Long Island Sound by edging the Boston Storm (5-3) today, 9-8. A 6-2 second half by the Force triggered the victory, with Emily Garrity finishing the game-winner late in the match to seal the victory for her team.
After scoring the winning tally a day ago to lead Boston past the Baltimore Ride, Erin Silfer opened the Storm account in this fixture, only to see Philadelphia respond with three consecutive tallies to claim a 3-1 lead midway through the opening period. However, Boston then caught fire on the offensive end and finished the first half with five straight notches off the sticks of five different players. When the two clubs headed into the intermission, the Storm was on top, 6-3.
The Force opened the second half on an incredible run, registering five of the first six goals of the frame to gain an 8-7 advantage. Spreading the wealth on the rally, each of the five scores was recorded by different players. With just over seven minutes remaining, Ali Flury responded with her third goal of a hat trick to level the contest at 8-8, but Philadelphia would not allow itself to relinquish the lead again. With a little over four minutes on the clock, Garrity was able to hit the back of the net to give the Force a 9-8 edge, and that goal would prove to be the eventual game-winner.
Philadelphia will now enter UWLX Championship Weekend in two weeks on the heels of back-to-back wins over the top two ranked clubs in the league.
UWLX Championship Weekend gets underway on Saturday, July 30th, with a semifinals doubleheader at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. First up, the top-ranked team from the regular season will meet the fourth-ranked club at 5:30 p.m. The number two and three ranked teams will then conclude the semifinals at 7:30 p.m.
The winners of the two semifinal matches will square off that Sunday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. title match, where the first-ever UWLX Champions will be crowned.
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