The Vineyard varsity girls lacrosse team hit a rough patch in their season this week. Tuesday, in North Dartmouth, Martha’s Vineyard suffered their first Eastern Athletic Conference defeat in a 16-12 loss to Bishop Stang.
On Saturday, the team lost to powerhouse Hopkinton in a non-league game. The two loses followed a win last Thursday against Bourne.
The Bishop Stang Spartans broke the game open with four goals late in the first half.
Molly Fischer piled up six goals and two assists for M.V. Alex Mark scored twice. Madison Hughes had a goal and an assist. Niki Alexander, Isabel Smith, and Cat Todd potted a goal apiece.
Saturday at Hopkinton the Vineyarders knew that they had a tough hill to climb. The Hilltoppers came into the game ranked fifth in the state and more than lived up to the billing on the field.
Hopkinton had Martha’s Vineyard 11-1 in arrears by halftime. The visitors fought back in the second half, but were simply beaten by a better team in a 17-5 loss.
Alayna Hutchinson scored twice and Molly Fischer tallied once with three assists. Madison Hughes and Isabel Smith had a goal apiece.
Last Thursday, the Vineyarders had everything working and downed visiting Bourne 15-10. M.V. had the Ladies of the Canal in deep water early, scoring six goals in the first 17 minutes to lead 6-1. The hosts carried an 11-3 advantage into the halftime break.
The Vineyarders increased the margin to 15-6 with five minutes to play, but got a bit complacent and let Bourne make the score respectable with four straight goals.
Madison Hughes led the way on the scoresheet with five goals. Alayna Hutchinson and Molly Fischer both scored three goals. Angela DeBettencourt, Isabel Smith, Alex Mark, and Anna Irwin had one goal each.
Niki Alexander had two assists. Alayna Hutchinson, Jenny Hart, and Taylor Poggi assisted once.
On the defensive end, Texe Craig, Shelby Ferry, Niki Alexander, and Angela DeBettencourt all did a good job of keeping Bourne away from the Vineyard goal.
Next up for the Vineyarders is a home date with Dartmouth today, Thursday, at 3 pm.