Vineyarders fall to Feehan in girls lax

Shamrocks score five goals early in second half to pull away.

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Bishop Feehan ended Martha’s Vineyard’s five-game winning streak in an Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) girls lacrosse showdown, Tuesday afternoon at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

Kelly Garrity scored four goals, while Nicole Smith added three goals and an assist to lead the Shamrocks (10-4, 6-0 EAC) to a 13-9 win. Lacey Dinning and Amanda Bernard both chalked up hat tricks for the Vineyarders (7-7, 4-2 EAC).

Goals came early and often in a seesaw first half. Addy Hayman put MV on top 19 seconds into the game, but Feehan roared back with three goals in the next minute. The Vineyarders responded with a three-goal run of their own.

Lacey Dinning scored from a free-possession shot at the 7:31 mark to cut the Feehan lead to one. Two minutes later, Amanda Bernard converted a fine feed from Addy Hayman to tie the game.

Feehan pressed for the lead goal over the next six minutes, but Vineyard goalie Hailey Meader shut the door with several key saves. She made 10 in the first half alone, and 16 in the game.

Amanda Bernard put the Vineyarders back in front, 4-3, with 9:06 left in the half after bulldozing her way through four Shamrock defenders and firing a shot past Feehan goalie Maggie Powers. Audrey McCarron picked up an assist.

The Vineyard lead was short-lived as Feehan controlled the next three face-offs, dominated possession, and scored three goals to go up 6-4. Kelly Garrity tallied to level the score, Kaitlin Krue capped off a long run from the ensuing face-off by bouncing a shot into the top left corner, and Kathleen Garrity fed Nicole Smith from behind the net for an easy stuff.

Addy Hayman whistled in a free-possession shot for her second goal of the game with 1:48 left in the first half, but the Shamrocks restored the two-goal cushion 32 seconds later. Lauren Hurley stole the ball deep in Feehan territory and set up Jolie Bellemore, who finished off an end-to-end rush to give the Shamrocks a 7-5 lead at the break.

Feehan took control of the game in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring five unanswered goals. The speedy Shamrock forwards repeatedly sprinted down the flanks, stretching the Vineyard defense wide for open feeds into the middle. Defensively, Feehan did a superb job of marking Vineyard attackers. When the Vineyarders did create space on offense, they often failed to protect the ball or ran into a timely Shamrock check. Just 8:47 into the second half, Feehan led 12-5.

Amanda Bernard scored her third goal of the game three minutes later to give the hosts a much-needed boost. Although Ali Bowery answered for Feehan off the ensuing draw, the gritty Vineyarders hustled to the final whistle at both ends of the field, and netted the final three goals.

Abby Marchand jump-started the first score by sprinting down the right sideline and passing to Lacey Dinning, who zipped a perfect centering pass to goalscorer Louise McDonald.

Amanda Bernard did most of the running to set up the eighth Vineyard goal, which Lacey Dinning slotted home, assisted by Audrey McCarron. Following two stellar saves by Hailey Meader and some Addy Hayman hustle through the Shamrock midfield, Lacey Dinning scored her third goal with 1:27 to play.