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Rodgers reaches 100-goal milestone, Kettle Run scores record 25 goals vs. Culpeper

Tuesday, Apr. 9 | By Jeff Malmgren
Kettle Run sophomore Morgan Rodgers scored the 100th goal of her career during a 25-14 win over Culpeper on Monday. --Times-Democrat Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Morgan Rodgers needed only three goals Monday against Culpeper to reach the career milestone of 100.

She instead made nine goals and led the Kettle Run girls lacrosse team to its most prolific night of scoring in program history.

The Kettle Run Cougars beat the Culpeper Blue Devils on the road, 25-14, by scoring their most goals in a single game since the program originated in 2009. Rodgers, a sophomore center midfielder, left Culpeper with 106 career goals, becoming the second player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone.

“What makes this so rare is Morgan is only a sophomore,” Cougars coach Joan DeGoosh said.

Rodgers could realistically double her goal total by the time she graduates.

“I won’t put a number there, but … Morgan is destined for great things,” DeGoosh said.

Morgan Schauss finished her career in 2011 with more than 100 goals.

Rodgers’ nine goals Monday led to the record 25 points scored by the Cougars. Juniors Addy Foudray and Shannon Mitchell added four goals each, while Meleana Moore had three, Helen Anne Wille scored two, and Blair McAvoy, Hannah Twomey and Ashley Morris had one each. The Cougars also combined for 13 assists.

“Their passing was good and their communication was good,” DeGoosh said of the historic production.

Kettle Run took an early 6-2 advantage and then led 8-5 before alternating three-goal runs with Culpeper four times before halftime. The Cougars lead expanded to 12-5, but they entered the half with only a 15-11 lead.

A 10-3 run in the second half sealed Kettle Run’s victory and improved its record to 2-0 in the Evergreen District (2-2 overall). The Cougars earned a share of district lead with Liberty (2-0), ahead of Culpeper (1-1), Eastern View (1-1), Fauquier (1-1) and Brentsville (0-2).

The Cougars will play Eastern View on Monday and Liberty on April 15. They have at least nine games remaining this season for Rodger to expand her career goal total.

No. 100 came Monday with 16 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the first half. The unassisted goal gave Kettle Run its 6-2 lead.

“I think she was excited. She wanted the ball,” DeGoosh said, “but I had her give it back. I’m going to present it to her in front of a crowd somewhere.”

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