Martha’s Vineyard girls lacrosse scores two big wins

The varsity girls’ lacrosse team beat Dartmouth last Thursday in front of a home crowd.

The Vineyard finished league play 5-1. Their overall record is 9-5. They will play their last four games in five days, Scituate here Friday, Nantucket away Saturday, Dartmouth away Monday and Wayland away Tuesday.

The Vineyard team got on the scoreboard first against Dartmouth, scoring the first three goals of the game. Madison Hughes scored on a perfect pass from Alayna Hutchinson, followed by Alex Mark who found the back of the net on a perfect pass from Hughes. Cat Todd then scored on a crease roll.

Dartmouth scored its first goal at the 15:45 mark, but Madison Hughes quickly tallied another for the Vineyard at 14:48. Dartmouth scored their second goal at 10:48, but the Vineyard controlled the play for the next five minutes scoring four unanswered goals, two by Alayna Hutchinson 40 seconds apart assisted by Ana Irwin and Madison Hughes. At halftime the Vineyard led 10-4.

The Vineyard got a little too comfortable in the second half, and Dartmouth took advantage. But senior Molly Fischer got the team back on track and scored at 15:28 on a great pass from Hutchinson, followed by a perfect goal by Isabel Smith on a pass from Niki Alexander and Fischer scored again. Dartmouth came up with 4 goals in the last eight minutes of the game, with the Vineyard adding two more, one from Alex Mark assisted by Hutchinson and the other by Cat Todd also assisted by Hutchinson. Scoring was widely distributed among the Vineyard players, and the final was 16-12.

Coaches Betsy Dripps and Kurstin Meehan said they were extremely proud of their team’s strong performance, both on offense and defense. The midfield did an excellent job of controlling the center draw to start the offense, the coaches said.

Tuesday, the Vineyarders took on league opponent Bishop Feehan. The team started strong with Molly Fischer scoring on a perfect pass from Alayna Hutchinson at 23:05. Feehan tied the game at 21:52, but Hutchinson found teammate Isabel Smith alone in front of the net, scoring at 21:36. Hutchinson then scored on a great pass from Fischer. Feehan came back, scoring two quick goals to tie the game at 3.

Molly Fischer kicked into high gear, scoring the next 3 goals at 16:01 on passes from Hutchinson and Hughes, and at 12:42 on a free position in front of the net. Feehan had the last goal of the half. At the break it was MV up, 10-4.

The second half found the Vineyard in control, winning the center draw and controlling midfield play. The team came out strong scoring 4 unanswered goals in seven minutes. Feehan put the last goal in with only 28 seconds left on the clock. The final was 20-5 in the Vineyard’s favor.

Vineyard goalie April Hargy had her best game of the season allowing only five goals and making 10 key saves. Niki Alexander did a superior job on defense coming up with key turnovers. Zone defense players Hannah Moore, Paige Nitardy and Texe Craig did a terrific job keeping Feehan out of the critical scoring area.

The coaches congratulated the Vineyard girls’ JV lacrosse team, who played in the pouring rain and came up with a big win over Bishop Feehan 11-8. All of the players played their hardest and showed great hustle and teamwork out on the field.

Julia Duart showed great goalie skills in the net during the second half to help secure the win, and on offence, Molly Wallace came to play and tallied 5 goals. Sara Alexander came up with key plays on the defense and scored 2 goals and had 2 key assists. Alex Clark and Dana Jacobs rounded out the scoring with 2 goals each.

Betsy Dripps is the MVRHS girls varsity lacrosse head coach.