|VIDEO: Pingry upsets Ridge in girls' county quarterfinals|
What a difference five weeks made for the Pingry girls' lacrosse team.
Seeded seventh in the Somerset County Tournament, Pingry pulled off an 11-9 upset of #2 seed Ridge in the quarterfinal round. A goal in the final second of the first half triggered a seven-goal run for the Big Blue that decided the game.
Pingry had lost by six goals in a regular-season contest against Ridge in early April.
Mary Pagano scored four goals for Pingry. Cathleen Parker found the net twice, including the goal just before halftime that helped turn the momentum in the Big Blue's favor. Eliza Kielty assisted on that goal and finished with a goal and two assists.
Olivia Lai notched a goal and an assist, while Emilia McManus, Shea Smith and Mairead Higgins also scored. Big Blue goalie Jess Foy made nine saves, including a few key stops as Pingry held Ridge scoreless for the first 23 minutes of the second half.
Mena Loescher scored four goals for Ridge. Cassidy McKenna had a pair of scores, and Bea Behrins notched a goal and an assist.
Katie Scherzer stopped nine shots for the Red Devils, who fall to 9-5.
After a rough start to the season, Pingry has now won six games in a row and sports a record of 7-9. The Big Blue will try to avenge another prior loss in the semifinals, when they visit third seed Bernards.
For sports video highlights of this New Jersey and Somerset County Tournament high school girls' lacrosse team, click play in the box at left.