Maybe it was the rain, the fact that Charlottesville girls lacrosse was missing a couple of players or that Fluvanna County played down a player the entire game, but it took the Black Knights a while to get going Friday night.
Once they did though, coming out of a timeout midway through the second half, Charlottesvile pulled away for an 11-5 win and a shot at Monticello in the Region 4A playoffs next week. They’ll face top-seeded Monticello at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“The heart kind of came through — their brain and their heart connected at the same time,” said Charlottesville coach Elyse Fisher. “We have to be able to pull through that.”
The two squads were tied at 3-3 at halftime but the Black Knights’ slight depth advantage took over in the second half. Maya Block and Kika Pluijim each scored twice to lead Charlottesville. Millicent Shlegel, Nora Bocock, Char Tomlinson, Annika Antholis, Iaksia Calloway and Piper Guiffre scored once each.
Fluvanna’s Amy Hughes led the Flucos with a hat trick while Anna Snoddy and Charlie Iasacki had a goal each in a strong effort from the Flucos in the playoff game.
“They came out to play and they were a man down for 75 percent of the game and they were beating us,” Fisher said. “There were little things that we had to fix.”