DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lacrosse wins third match in four attempts

Finally, a home lacrosse match!

And Xavier Prep’s Gators were not to be denied, dancing through raindrops on the way to a 12-6 victory over Cave Creek Cactus Shadows on Monday night (March 11) at Petznick Field.

Xavier raised its record to 3-1, with a game against Phoenix Pinnacle (5-0), the top team in the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association, on Thursday night (March 14) at Petznick with first draw at 5:30 p.m.

“It will be a challenge for us,’’ said Xavier coach Jen Nevatt. “We struggled with some things tonight and that will give us a few days (of practice) to get that out of our system.’’

It took just 1:02 of the first half for Cactus Shadows (0-4) to score the first match of the contest.

Nearly four minutes later, senior Sarah Minton got the equalizer for the Gators. She would go on to record four more goals for a fantastic five night. Junior Nina Mackey also figured prominently with four goals. Junior Caroline Andreen got two and sophomore Emmie Halter got one.

Xavier held a 4-2 lead at halftime, but looked somewhat sluggish.

“We weren’t playing our game,’’ Nevatt said. “I don’t know if it was the rain or the field, but our passes and a lot of our shots were not connecting. We did a better job of that in the second half.’’

Cactus Shadows kept it close for the most part, and it probably would have been closer if the Falcons had not had two goals erased by offside calls.

“We controlled the draws pretty well, especially in the second half,’’ Nevatt said.

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