Girls’ lacrosse: Easthom, Broadneck edge Severna Park

April 19, 2013

Broadneck goalie Natalee Easthom won’t head off to play lacrosse at Northwestern until next season, but the Bruins senior is already learning from her future Wildcat teammates.

Easthom made nine saves in No. 9 Broadneck’s 9-8 win over Anne Arundel County rival Severna Park on Friday night and seemed to get better as the game progressed. The moves that served Easthom so well, she said, are learned from hours spent watching current Northwestern goalie Bridget Bianco.

“I’ve just watched her make save after save, kneeling, diving, hopping,” Easthom said. “I’ve never known how to practice diving or just sitting on the ball. It’s not something you can practice, I figured out today. You just got to do it.”

Perhaps Easthom’s best moment of the night came on Severna Park’s final offensive possession. With her team clinging to a one-goal lead with just more than two minutes to play, Easthom found herself staring down Falcons freshman Eva Klaus, who was lined up for a free position restart 10 yards from the goal.

Easthom, who struggled against free position shots for much of the evening, managed to block Klaus’s shot and another seconds later from Severna Park’s Julianna Ricci. From there, Broadneck was able to run out the clock to secure its first win over the eighth-ranked Falcons (7-2, 6-1 Anne Arundel) since 2009.

“At that point I think my mind had literally shut off,” Easthom said. “It was just the ball, the ball, the ball. This is all I want.”

While it was Easthom who secured the win late for Broadneck (8-2, 6-1), it was the offense that managed to pull the Bruins back from a three-goal deficit early in the second half. After allowing two Severna Park goals in the first four minutes of the half, Broadneck ripped off five straight goals to turn a 7-4 deficit into a 9-7 advantage.

Two of the Bruins’ goals in that stretch came from junior midfielder Ellie McNulty, who matched Severna Park senior Morgan Torgglerwith a game-high four goals. Broadneck senior midfielder Aislinn Probst had a goal and an assist during the Bruins’ second-half run, the latter of which came on McNulty’s game-tying goal.

The win was especially sweet for Probst, who was very publicly asked to prom by her boyfriend during Friday’s starting lineups.

“This is probably one of my best experiences playing lacrosse here,” said Probst, a Naval Academy lacrosse recruit. “They’re our biggest rivals and we both have a lot of respect for each other, but when we both get out on the field, it’s war out there. To come out victorious for the first time in a couple years, it feels better than anything.”

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