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When the Calvert Cavaliers girls lacrosse team took a 6-1 lead in the first half of Tuesday’s contest against the hosting Leonardtown Raiders, it was a combination of sisters who helped get Leonardtown back into the game and to a 10-9 halftime lead.

Leonardtown’s Kate Finkelston and Abby Finkelston combined to score five of Leonardtown’s next nine goals in earning that lead.

The Finkelstons combined to score or assist on 11 of Leonardtown’s 19 goals, helping the Raiders come from behind to win 19-12 and remain undefeated in SMAC.

“When we finally realized they mean business, we needed to step it up and obviously, we did,” Kate admitted. “[Calvert] played great and I think we came back because we understood that they were serious. It was a good game for us because it’s good to [play] in more competitive games like that.”

Kate scored a game-high six goals for the Raiders, while Abby added three goals and three assists in the win, one of her assists going to her older sister for Leonardtown’s seventh goal of the game.

“We always click and throughout the past we have been able to click, maybe it’s because we’re sisters,” Kate said. “I always know where she is and she always knows where I am and we know each other’s moves because we’re always practicing together. In these games, where we have to step it up, that sense for each other and awareness becomes heightened.”

Abby filled the stat sheet and did everything short of earning a save as she took a charge, earned a takeaway, picked up a groundball, scored and assisted throughout Tuesday’s game.

“When I saw that we were down by five and when I get in these situations, I just want to play,” Abby said. “I love these high-intensity games and when it gets to that point, I want the ball, I want to get it to my other teammates and I just want to be able to help my team.”

Another half of a sister duo, Madison Day younger sister of senior Loren Day scored four goals for the Raiders as well.

After scoring the game’s first goal, the Raiders watched as Calvert scored the next six straight goals to take the 6-1 lead.

However, it was the frantic offensive come back in the first half combined with the ability of the Leonardtown defense to hold the Calvert offense to only three second-half goals.

“I expected us to be a little flustered, but we kept our composure,” Abby admitted of the Calvert lead. “[Calvert] kept scoring, but we were saying, ‘We got this.’ There was plenty of time left and we remained confident.”

Rachel Ferrara added two goals for Leonardtown who improved to 6-2 overall and 6-0 in SMAC.

Calvert (6-2, 6-2) was led by hat-trick performances from Rachel Hornick and Lilly Damalouji, Hornick with four goals and Damalouji with three, respectively.

Despite being shorthanded numbers-wise on Tuesday, Calvert head coach Joyce Haines-Arter was pleased with her team’s character from the opening draw.

“I pride on my girls’ character,” Haines-Arter said. “Coming out from the start and saying, ‘You know what, I think we can do this,’ says a lot about them. They don’t ever give up and they fight for everything.”

Haines-Arter is confident heading into the next couple of games that includes Chopticon at 4 p.m. today and county-foe Huntingtown at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“Now,” Haines-Arter said of her team, “they see the way they are capable of playing.”

The Hurricanes, also an undefeated team in SMAC play, will host Leonardtown at 6:30 tonight.

Leonardtown 19, Calvert 12

Calvert 9 3

Leonardtown 10 9Goals: Calvert (Hornick 4, Damalouji 3, Green 2, Goodwin, Jackson, Baker); Leonardtown (K. Finkelston 6, M. Day 4, A. Finkelston 3, Ferrara 2, Gassie 2, Nantz, Frank)

Saves: Calvert (Northern 4); Leonardtown (Wise 2, Carrol 4)