Pine Creek scores quickly in girls' lacrosse romp over Liberty

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Pine Creek's girls' lacrosse team wants to score fast. The Eagles needed just 13 seconds to get going on Wednesday on their way to an easy win over Liberty.

Pikes Peak region No. 1 Pine Creek dominated one-on-one battles in the attacking end and opened Southern League play with a 21-8 win over the Lancers at Pine Creek on Wednesday.

The Eagles (5-1, 1-0 Southern) spread the scoring around with six players scoring at least twice and five of them notching hat tricks.

Ashley Starkey scored 13 seconds in, followed by Bethlehem Schwab's goal 19 seconds later.

"When we get the draw we work very, very well as a team," said Starkey, who finished with four goals and an assist. "We want to move it fast, and when we take care of it (the ball), we always finish it."

Brittney White led the Eagles with five goals and two assists. Riley Hatchell, Madeleine Bourgois and Sienna Colonese each scored three times.

Pine Creek is coming off a 13-3 season in which the Eagles reached the postseason. They are looking to build off that success.

"Basically our whole team is returning," Starkey said. "We all work very well together."

Pine Creek led by 10 goals with 3:48 to play at 13-3, invoking a running clock because of the 10-goal rule.

Earlier, Liberty (1-3, 0-1) fell behind 5-1 with 16:30 to play. That saw coach DJ Stabler take a timeout.

That sparked back-to-back Lancers goals in the span of 47 seconds and saw Liberty cut the gap to 5-3.

But during an injury timeout, the Eagles regrouped and scored the next 15 goals, including building a 15-3 halftime lead.

"I think what we really pointed out to the girls was the possession part of it, work it to our game and not their game in regards to what was taking place out there," Eagles coach Roger Wallace said. "A lot of times we'll make that errant pass or throw and that really upsets our offense in regards to what we're trying to accomplish. If we're patient, we're going to overcome those obstacles and get back on track."

The Lancers closed the game by scoring the game's final four goals, something Stabler took solace in.

"We've been trying to learn to play at a different level," he said. "Liberty's a team that historically, the last six or seven years, won a game or so a year. ... We put it together here and there."

Kaia Horaz scored twice for the Lancers.