The varsity girls lacrosse team came up with two outstanding efforts in the past week after making a few necessary defensive changes. Saturday at home against the powerful Marblehead High Magicians, the Vineyarders lost, 7-4, but coach Betsy Dripps hailed the game as her team’s best of the season.
The Vineyarders employed a new backer zone defense that worked well against Marblehead’s skilled attackers, keeping them out of the critical scoring area. Sophomore goalie Sam Hargy anchored the Vineyard backline with 14 saves. K.C. Wallace was a defensive standout as the backer player, while Alex Clark and Emma Yuen were strong down low near the goal. Midfielders Aubrey Ashmun, Olivia Ogden, and Lee Hayman were workhorses, shifting quickly from offense to defense.
Marblehead led, 6-2, at halftime. Emily DeBettencourt scored for the Vineyarders, followed by Lee Hayman, with Katrina Lakis picking up the assist.
The Vineyarders raised their game in the second half, outscoring Marblehead, 2-1. Aubrey Ashmun scored 20 seconds into the half, getting the ball off the center draw and taking it down to score. Lee Hayman scored with 3:33 left on the clock to make the score 7-4.
After the game, injured senior Issy Smith said, “Even though we lost, it was the best loss we have ever played, and it felt like a win.”
Monday afternoon at Dan McCarthy Field, the Vineyarders confidently dispatched Fairhaven, 12-3. The Purple dominated from the outset. Emily deBettencourt and Lee Hayman had hat tricks, while Lucy Hackney and Charlotte McCarron each tallied twice. Belle Dinning and Aubrey Ashmun also scored. Dinning, McCarron, and Zoe Listro all had assists.
Emily DeBettencourt was strong on the center draws, with Aubrey Ashmun, Molly Houghton, and Lee Hayman gaining possession off the draws to kick-start the Vineyard offense.
Defenders K.C. Wallace, Emma Yuen, Alex Clark, and Olivia Ogden kept the Blue Devils out of the critical scoring area, forcing key turnovers.
The Vineyarders, now 2-4, are off to England during spring vacation to play a five-game exhibition series.