By Chris Goltermann
Newnan’s girls lacrosse team had to wait an extra week to open the annual Coweta Cup tournament, as rivals East Coweta and Northgate got first dibs on the schedule.
But that didn’t stop the Lady Cougars and second-year program Trinity Christian from getting a chance to extend the opportunity to battle for local bragging rights.
The first ever meeting between Newnan and Trinity girls programs on Thursday in Sharpsburg had a definite Cup feel, as the Lady Lions didn’t lie down after a slow start.
After scoring the opening four goals of the game, the Lady Cougars needed a late second-half surge to finally pull away for a 15-9 victory.
It was the first of consecutive non-region wins by Newnan to close out the week while also upping its winning streak to four straight.
In just its second season of girls lacrosse, Trinity wasn’t about to go away in its first meeting against the Lady Cougars. After falling behind early 4-0, the hosts scored four of the next five goals, eventually narrowing Newnan’s halftime lead to 6-4.
But senior Kailey Laudicina and junior Maelynn Strickland were beneficiaries of a shutdown defensive effort by the Lady Cougars in the second half and Newnan’s transition game kept the flow of play in Trinity’s end through a majority of the final 25 minutes.
Laudicina, who joined Newnan senior defender Brianna Doster in signing with Huntingdon College on Friday in ceremonies at the high school, scored seven goals to pace the Lady Cougars.
Newnan then followed up the effort over Trinity on Friday night by defeating Bremen 10-8 at home behind another six goals from Laudicina, who continued to come up big offensively.
The Lady Cougars needed three unanswered tallies in a two-minute span against Trinity to help the team turn the tide for good. Two of the goals came from Laudicina and the other from Strickland, who added a hat trick in the win.
The second of three goals from Trinity’s Kendall Wells during a break-in for a wide-open look on goal, had pulled the Lady Lions back to within a 7-5 deficit early in the second half.
Trinity goalie Maddie Donnelly made nine stops in the first half to help keep the Lady Lions in the game. Newnan junior Lani Roth was equally sharp in front of a defensive performance that included strong efforts from Doster, Hailey Costarelli and Parker Stanhagen.
Newnan’s win over Bremen also featured goals from Stanhagen, Eunice Jimenez, Jacie Adcock and Tegan Jones while continuing to get production throughout the lineup.
In its loss, Trinity was led by Wells’ hat trick. But the Lady Lions also had balanced scoring including goals from three different players over a 68-second span late in the first half that pulled them to within a 5-4 deficit.
Ally Lawson, Sarah Hurt and James all finished with a goal and an assist for Trinity on Thursday. Sydney Thomas and Kylee Johnson also had first-half tallies for the Lady Lions and Rachel McQueen had an assist.
Newnan (6-5, 2-2) will open the Coweta Cup tournament on Friday, April 19 at Northgate while battling among the county’s three pubic school programs for two playoff spots in GHSA Area 3-6A/7A.
Trinity Christian (2-5, 1-2), which was scheduled to face Lanier on the road Friday, returns to Area 7-5A/A play on Monday against McIntosh (7-6, 5-0) in Peachtree City.
LIONS WIN SHOOTOUT OVER BROOKWOOD
Less than 24 hours after a tough 22-11 loss at Wesleyan, Trinity’s boys team was able to match Brookwood in a second-consecutive shootout on Friday, this time outscoring the Broncos on its home field for a 23-20 victory.
In the loss to Wesleyan, junior Tanner Price finished with six goals and five assists while trying to rally the team offensively.
Senior Zach Jones and sophomore Danny Baird each added two goals an assist to go with a goal from freshman Josh Dallas.
Baird, Trinity’s faceoff specialist in the midfield, finished with a game-high six ground balls, while sophomore Logan Lundy was peppered with 26 shots through three quarters, finishing with 11 saves.