Martha’s Vineyard girls win league title, clinch playoff berth

Jenny Lindland (right) and Taylor Poggi in action earlier this season. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The girls’ lacrosse team wrapped up another Eastern Athletic Conference Championship and clinched an MIAA state tourney bid at home on Tuesday with a convincing 18-13 win over league opponent Bishop Stang. The win followed two losses to non-league opponents Wayland and Natick earlier in the week.

With the win over Bishop Stang on Tuesday, the Vineyarders ran their record to 7-6 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in the EAC to win the conference title. Senior captain Madison Hughes controlled the center draw from the start and the Vineyarders used short passes in the midfield to create scoring opportunities.

The Vineyarders led 13-5 at the half and never looked back, although Stang scored a flurry of goals in the last five minutes to make the final score respectable. Alayna Hutchinson led the Vineyarders with three goals and four assists, and midfielder Issy Smith had her best game of the season with five goals.

Taylor Poggi had four goals, and Ms. Hughes finished with one goal and three assists. Senior April Hargy made eight saves in goal.

The Vineyarders next play at home on Thursday against Scituate, followed by another home game against old rival Nantucket at home on Saturday.