Viera girls lacrosse can’t stave off Edgewood rally


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Viera High's Grace Blythe (No. 8) had three goals and assist to lead Viera in Wednesday night''s district game against Edgewood. The Hawks led 11-7 at one point in the second half, but Edgewood would rally for a 15-14 win.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Chalk this one up as the game that got away.

The Viera High girls lacrosse team led undefeated Edgewood for much of Wednesday’s Class 1A, District 11game at Hawk Stadium.

But in the end, it was Edgewood that came up with a big rally twice in the second half and eventually prevailed 15-14.

“I think our nerves kind of got the best of us,” Viera junior Grace Blythe said. “I think we played good, with a lot of intensity. Edgewood is obviously good. They’ve got a good drawer.

“Overall, I think we both played really well. … I think next game, we’ll come back even stronger. We’ll use this as more momentum to win districts.”

Blythe had three goals to lead Viera (7-2). Micki Pippett, Maddy Murawski, Mikailah Kramer, Tristen Chang and Nicole Blanchard all scored twice. Brianna Staerk also had a goal.

Pippett, Staerk, Murawski, Blythe and Chang all had one assist. Blythe led the team in ground balls with nine while Pippett had eight. Goalie Tabby Caldwell had five saves.

The Hawks, who lost 14-9 to Edgewood earlier this season, led 8-6 at halftime and were able to gain momentum by winning the majority of the draws. A quick start to the second half had Viera leading 11-7.

But back came Edgewood. The Indians (7-0) would score six straight goals to take a 13-11 lead.

Viera would come back with goals by Murawski and Staerk to tie the score at 13 and another one by Murawski that put the Hawks up 14-13 with 6:39 remaining.

However, the Hawks couldn’t hold off the Indians as Edgewood would tie the score a minute later and then get the game-winning goal with 3:15 to play.

“We had it in the first half,” Viera coach Nick Bigerton said. “We played with the perfect intensity. We were being smart, we were settling it and we were moving it well. The draw was fantastic.

“I think once the game was tied, that was when the momentum started to shift a little bit. You could tell our girls … they were starting to breathe heavy. They were slower getting back to the ball and the defense kept missing their assignments.

“(Edgewood) had some great shots and ultimately, it put them up by one goal at the end.”

Viera, which won its first district title last season, will travel to Sebastian River on Friday before coming home for a big game Monday against Rockledge.

The Hawks beat the Raiders in last year’s district final.