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Lady Jags Down Clarksburg to Advance in Playoffs

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Just fourteen minutes and two seconds into Wednesday’s first round of the girls lacrosse playoff between Northwest and Clarksburg, with the game tied 3-3, all play came to a halt as the skies over Germantown shook with thunder and flashed with lightning.

The teams left the field and waited patiently in the hallway of Northwest High School for over 90 minutes as the storms passed through area. At one point, both teams were told to get ready to go back to the field, only to have another bolt of lightning and accompanying thunder delay the game for another 30 minutes as per MCPS weather safety rules.

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Northwest Head Coach Holly Johnson was worried about how the layover would affect her team’s performance once play resumed. “I thought it was going to be a distraction,” she said. “They were goofing off in the building so I had them sit down and concentrate.”

It worked in a big way, the Lady Jags would come out of the break and score five unanswered goals in the first six minutes after play resumed and go on to win 11-6.

“That really worked to our favor,” said Johnson. “I think they came out and they played really hard. They came out after the break and played better than when they started.”

Northwest went 5-7 in the regular season, which earned them a home game in the first round versus 3-10 Clarksburg.

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