Eight is enough
Hatton's record 8 goals lead Rockdale to win

CONYERS - It was a record-setting day for Christine Hatton and the Rockdale lacrosse team.

Hatton, a senior, set the school's single-game scoring record with eight goals as the Lady Bulldogs topped North Forsyth 12-4 Thursday at Reid Memorial Stadium.

"It was amazing," Hatton said. "I tried last year, and I tied (the record) with seven. It was really exciting to beat it this year, my senior year."

Hatton scored three goals in the first half and five in the second to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to victory.

"This was a really big deal," Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton said. "She's had a rough season so far, so this is a good thing for her to get in her senior season. She deserves it. She works hard in practice, and she's a great leader for our team."

Rockdale's Jacqueline Grant started the scoring with 22:24 left until halftime. Hatton put Rockdale up 2-0 less than a minute later with her first goal of the game.

North Forsyth scored its first goal of the contest with 13:23 left until halftime. However, Hatton answered with a pair of scores to put her team ahead 4-1.

Chandler Foster tallied a goal with 6:00 left until halftime and put the Lady Bulldogs up 5-1.

But North Forsyth rallied back with three straight goals to make it a one-goal game.

Rockdale added one more goal in the final minutes of the first half to go up 6-4, scoring off a shot by Whitney Dixe.

In the second half, Hatton picked up right where she left off, scoring with 19:27 left in the game.

Jenny Roberts put the Lady Bulldogs up 8-4 with 18:45 left, and Hatton added her fifth goal of the game at 16:01 to make it a 9-4 game.

Hatton then went on a scoring barrage in the final 10 minutes of the game, scoring three goals.

But Hatton wasn't the only hero of the game.

Hamilton also gave kudos to Taylor Thomas and Hope Matthews.

"Taylor had 11 saves in goal," Hamilton said. "Hope played amazing defense and did the little things that make a difference in games.

"Overall, I think it was a good team effort. I'm proud of the way they cleared the ball up the field. Our conditioning has really helped us."

The Lady Bulldogs (3-5) play again next Thursday at home against Sprayberry.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.