Girls lacrosse team follows two big wins with a loss

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls lacrosse team was on a roll. They beat Nantucket, and followed that with a win against Newbury. Then they simply ran out of gas in a 5-7 loss to Fairhaven.

On Saturday, following two boat rides and a bus ride, the Vineyard girls had a quick warm-up, and took the field wanting to show Nantucket that they had a team much improved over last year, when they lost a close one.

After the first five minutes, the score was tied 2-2. Then the team began to work together, and came up with four unanswered goals to make the score 6-2. Nantucket rallied, and scored three to get it to 6-5. The Vineyard, however, turned up the heat and dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half. At halftime the score was 11-6.

Senior Aubrey Ashmun scored two goals in the last two minutes of the half, one at 1:45 on a free position and the other on a perfect pass from teammate Sara Poggi with only 2 seconds on the clock.

The entire team had a fantastic second half, taking care of the ball throughout the field, and outscored the Whalers 10-1, making the final score 21-7.

High scorers for the game were Lee Hayman with seven goals and one assist, followed by Belle Dinning, who had five goals and one assist. Center Emily deBettencourt controlled the center draws, and had three goals and one1 assist. Aubrey Ashmun was strong on offense, scoring two goals and coming up with two assists, while Erin Hill scored two goals and had one assist. Freshman Lily Pigott had one goal and two assists, and junior Sara Poggi had one goal. Olivia Ogden was strong on defense and had one assist, and sophomore Amanda Bernard came up with two key assists. Emma Caron did a nice job on defense, and goalie Sam Hargy was strong in the cage, coming up with nine big saves.

On Sunday the girls played a home game against Newbury Triton for the first time. Just by the way the Triton team warmed up, the Vineyarders knew that they had to play well if they wanted another win. Both teams were very evenly matched, and both played with intensity throughout.

The Vineyard started off the scoring with Belle Dinning getting the first goal, on a perfect pass from teammate Aubrey Ashmun, at 21:34. Emily deBettencourt found Lee Hayman in front of the net for the second goal at 21:14. Although Triton would tie the game up three times in the first half, the Vineyard led 8-7 at halftime.

Lee Hayman started the second half scoring on a pass from Emily deBettencourt. Triton then went on a 3-0 run to gain the lead 10-9 at the 11:44 mark. It wasn’t until the clock showed 4:56 left in the game that Emily deBettencourt set up Aubrey Ashmun who scored to tie the game 10-10.

Both teams had their chances to score the winning goal in the last minutes of the game. Emma Caron showed terrific defense, keeping the Triton offense wide, and Sam Hargy made some spectacular saves to keep the Vineyard in the game. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Emily deBettencourt had a free position in front of goal. Emily’s shot bounced off the goalie’s hard shin pads out to the side. Fortunately, Erin Hill was just in the right place to pick up the rebound, and put the ball in the goal to claim the Vineyard win 11-10.

Scorers for the game were Lee Hayman with five goals, Belle Dinning and Erin Hill with two goals each; freshman Audrey McCarron scored her first varsity goal and had an assist, Aubrey Ashmun had one goal and one assist, and freshman Lily Pigott had a key assist. The defense, made up of Olivia Ogden, Arden Brezahler, Katrina Lakis, Emma Caron, and Shannon Morris, did an excellent job preventing the Triton offense from getting inside to score. Special praise was due goalie Sam Hargy, who had nine saves. The team played well together, played with intensity for both halves, and gave everything they had to win the game. It certainly was an exciting game to watch.

On Monday, the Vineyarders lost to Fairhaven 5-7 at home. Coming off two big wins two days in a row, the players were tired from the start. Although the score was tied 4-4 at the half, the team gave up 3 unanswered goals in the second half, with freshman Lily Pigott scoring the only Vineyard goal of the second half.

The Vineyard JV team had an outstanding game. They played one player short for the entire game and still came up big, winning 9-3. The JV players consistently controlled the game with great defense by junior Kyra Whalen and versatile playing by Sophia McCarron. All players showcased their diverse lacrosse skill sets, and are excited for their game on Friday away against Bishop Feehan.