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, April 9, 2019

Late push falls just short for XCP lacrosse

Lacrosse teams need to play with urgency from the opening draw, not just in the last few minutes of a match.

That is the dilemma that faced Xavier Prep’s Gators on Monday night (April 8) against visiting Tempe Corona del Sol at Petznick Field.

Xavier struggled in the first half as Corona seemed unstoppable with a 4-0 run, and the Aztecs went on a 3-1 run to begin the second half to put the Gators in a 15-8 hole with 17:32 left.

The Gators then came to their senses, scoring five times down the stretch, but by then it was too late as Corona held on for a 15-13 victory.

Corona climbed to 6-3 and Xavier’s record evened out at 5-5. The Gators next play a makeup match at home on Wednesday night (April 10) against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

Xavier coach Jen Nevatt acknowledged that her team needs to play with more motivation.

“We have to figure out how to do that, play more aggressively from the get-go,’’ she said.

“The biggest thing is we need to learn from this and use it in our remaining games.’’

Xavier got four goals apiece from Nina Mackey and Grace Martinez, two each from Caroline Andreen and Sarah Minton, and one from Bridget Wickers.

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