Pinnes sparks Park in double-overtime victory

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

ROCKAWAY — Park Regional’s Emily Pinnes doesn’t remember many of her goals but after Saturday the girls on the Morris Hills’ lacrosse team sure will.

Pinnes scored six goals including the eventual game-winning score with 27 seconds remaining in double overtime to give Park Regional an 11-10 victory over Morris Hills.

Danielle Laudati scored twice and Sam Roeller added an overtime goal for Park which improved the record to 2-2.

Danielle Ahini scored three goals and Brianna Cohen and Ally Abrams scored two goals apiece to Morris Hills (1-3).

After a slow start Pinnes, a senior attack wing, sparked the offense with all of her goals coming in the second half and the overtimes. She scored unassisted with 6:52 left regulation to tie the contest at 7-7. She scored three of her teams four goals during two 3-minute overtime periods which came after 50 minutes of regulation play.

“She’s always working hard,’’ Park Regional coach Terry Gibson said. “She’s been a strong player since her freshman year. She continually practices hard to try and make her game better.’’

Park Regional’s Danielle Laudati makes a run down the sidelines during Saturday’s game.

The win was important to keep Park’s confidence going. They lost seven starters from last year’s team to graduation and Pinnes and defense wing Lauren Knapp are the only seniors with extensive experience on the varsity level.

Pinnes doesn’t remember much about her goals after she scores but she understands the importance of providing some offense for the young team.

“None of our goals were easy but I’m so glad we got them,’’ Pinnes said. “They definitely double-teamed a lot all over the field.’’

Defensively, Park Regional, which is a co-op team that includes players from both Hanover Park and Whippany Park, were concerned about certain Morris Hills athletes who can make plays and the Scarlet Knights’ overall resilience.

“It’s really frustrating when it goes back and forth that way,’’ Knapp said. “They were matching us one for one so it was definitely frustrating.

“(Rachel Sihlanick) was definitely one of their main offensive players. We had to watch out for her and (Ahini) was really good at transitioning the ball.’’

Park Regional’s Lauren Knapp defends Morris Hills’ Danielle Ahini during Saturday’s win.

Overall, the contest was a back-and-forth affair. There were seven ties and four lead changes. Morris Hills got a good effort from its jayvee goalkeeper Megan Glowinski who had to fill in because their usual starter was out.

The game was tied 2-2 at the half.  Early in the second half, the Scarlet Knights’ built a two-goal margin with back-to-back goals from Gabby Peruso and Abrams on a free position score with 17:28 left in the half.

Park Regional quickly rallied with scores by Pinnes and Laudati off a Sam Roehler feed. To make it 5-5 with 7:36 left.

The teams exchanged a pair of goals over the last three minutes. Pinnes would knot it for good with 6:52 left in regulation when she won a draw control that was directed by Melissa Wamp, took it to the cage and connected to make it a 7-7 game.

The first overtime period was a wild one with Pinnes scoring twice in the first 1:30 and the Scarlet Knights matching her with a pair of goals by Ahini. First she connected on a run from the left side with 1:16 and then on a fast-break tally just 14 seconds later.

Coach Terry Gibson talks to her Park Regional team during the first half of Saturday’s triumph.

The teams continued alternating goals in the second overtime.

Roehler batted the ball in on a scramble in front of the cage with 1:49 left to give Park a 10-9 lead.

“She’s crucial in our transitions,’’ Knapp said. “She’s really good at looking around and she has very good field sense in knowing where the open girls are.’’

The Scarlet Knights’ Sihlanick responded by converting her only goal of the game, an Ahini feed with 50 seconds left to make it 10-10.

However, Pinnes was determined to finish it. She picked up the ground ball off the subsequent draw, raced to the cage, made a pair of fakes while slicing through two Scarlet Knight defenders and placed a hip-high shot in the left side of the net to give Park an impressive road victory for their young team.

“They played hard the entire time,’’ Gibson said. “They didn’t panic. They didn’t get sloppy. They didn’t get out of control and that’s all the things that we have to do.’’

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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