Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 23, 2014
- CAVALIERS: 9
Another classic unfolded between the West Springfield Spartans and the WT Woodson Cavaliers, only this time their was a big trophy on the line. This truly was an incredibly exciting Girls' Lacrosse game.
The Spartans dominated the first half with excellent goaltending and held a commanding 4-1 lead at half time. West Springfield stretched the lead to 6-2 and 7-3 before the Cavaliers' put together a run to remember for the Cavalier faithful.
Down 7-6 with a minute remaining, possession belonging to the Spartans and two girls in the penalty box the Cavs pulled off a "Memorial Day Miracle". Senior Captain Alex Lightfoot tied the game at 7 only to have the Spartans retake the lead at 8-7 with less than 40 seconds remaining. Freshmen Emma Vinall won the ensuing draw and Woodson sprinted to the offensive zone and Isabel Obregon tied the game with 10 seconds left on a Herculean dodge that split a Spartan double team.
Overtime consists of two 3 minute periods. The Cavs scored in the first few moments overtime and then killed off all but the final 40 seconds leaving one last chance for the Spartans. However, the Cavaliers defense and 1st team All Patriot Conference Goalie proved too much for the Spartans to overcome!
Junior Isabel Obregon lead all scorers with 6. Senior Captain Alex Lightfoot had 2 goals and 2 assists, Junior Captain Jazzy Kim had 1 goal and 1 assist while freshmen Emma Vinall recorded and assist.
However, the Championship victory was a team effort as Sophomores Claire Swanson and Gina Gorgone made incredible plays to get the cavaliers possession late, Gina Gorgone controlled two throw ins and Claire Swanson saved the day when she deflected a Spartan pass in the final minute to give the Cavs a chance to tie the game. Captains Kelly Stegner and Jazzy Kim never seemed to come off the field and showed everyone why they were unanimous choices for Captains in preseason.
The stars of the day were the Junior Low D unit: Hannah Casey, Anna O'Hara, Alex Smith and Gillie Andes. Without Anna O'Hara's tenacious ground ball effort in the first half the Spartans would have blown the doors off the Cavs' early Prom celebration. Alex Smith made multiple desperation effort plays in the closing moments to give her team a chance at the title. While three of the four girls received yellows in the contest their effort and mental toughness won the Championship for the Cavaliers.
Junior Goalie Lizzie Benedetto was awarded the game ball for once again totaling double digit saves!