Almost a year to the day, the Charter Force girls’ lacrosse team let a first-half lead slip away in 12-11 loss to Archmere Academy in the opening round of the DIAA State Tournament. This time around, the Force weren’t about to let history repeat itself.

On Saturday afternoon,  Charter took a lead into the break against Polytech but didn’t let this one get away from them, advancing to the second round with a 13-9 victory.

From the start, Charter looked like a team that was ready to play while Polytech took some time to ease into the pace. After some uncharacteristic mistakes from Polytech early, the Force capitalized by scoring the game’s first goal on their first offensive rush. Even more impressive, Charter responded immediately once Polytech had come back to tie things at 1-1.

Charter controlled the pace, spreading out the Polytech defense gaining quality scoring chances. On the defensive end, the Force kept the Panthers to the outside, and checked aggressively when Polytech attempted to bring the ball toward the front of their net.

Charter took a two-goal lead into the second half, and were able to match everything Polytech threw at them to preserve the victory.

Junior Alexandra Mash led the way for the Force, scoring six goals to lead all scorers. Senior Morgan Lamey netted four for Charter, while Josephine Nixon, Emily Ritter and Christina La Porte tallied for the Force on Saturday.

The Panthers were led by standout sophomore Alison McKay who led the way with five goals on the day. Polytech goes down in the first round for the second-consecutive season.

Now, the Force have a chance at some revenge in the second round of the playoffs Tuesday, taking on the same Archmere team they fell to in the opening round last season.