- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
In the first 17 minutes of Friday night’s game, the Northern girls lacrosse team was like a scoring machine versus visiting Thomas Stone.
By the end of the first half, the Patriots already had hat tricks from junior Carly Cummings and senior Alaena Gadwill, while sophomore Nicki Pate exploded for five goals during that span.
Northern took a 10-point halftime lead, collecting 15 first-half goals, en route to a 22-11 victory, avenging a 10-6 home loss to the Cougars a year ago.
The Patriots (2-0, 2-0 SMAC) got out in transition early with its speed and dished out 13 assists on its 22 goals.
“This was a big game for because we lost to them last year,” Northern head coach Kim Booros said. “So this year we had a different strategy this year, and over half of our girls were assisted. One of things we had to work on was groundballs and transition and already we are seeing that improvement.”
Northern had eight different goal scorers in the game, with Pate leading the way as she tied with Stone senior Ella Callahan with six goals.
Gadwill and Cummings each had four goals, while Tara Truitt and Cali Magee scored three and two goals, respectively. Brittany Blackistone, Katie Carlson and Hannah Emerson all found the net once for the Patriots.
“We knew this was a big one. We lost to them last year, so we wanted to come out strong,” Gadwill said. “We wanted to get our revenge and we just fought, we had good groundballs and good transitions. We worked on our plays and as a team, that was the most important thing.”
Pate, who is tied with Magee with a team-high eight goals on the season, mentioned that she had a lot of nice feeds that created scoring opportunities.
“We really found the open girl today and I received a lot of nice passes to get my goals,” Pate said. “It was a total team effort and we did a good job of being unselfish to get the good shot.”
When asked how hungry the Patriots were to get this win, Cummings, alongside Pate and Gadwill, mentioned they were really hungry.
“We were starving to get this win,” Cummings said, jokingly. “Stone is a good team, but we wanted revenge. We dominated and we had possession most of the time. We were happy that were able to come back and get the win this year.”
Cummings and Gadwill are tied for second on the team in goals with six on the season.
“We just don’t have one or two superstars, we had a lot of girls that contributed on the stage tonight,” added Gadwill, who had four assists in the contest.
The Cougars (3-1, 3-1), who averaged 20.6 goals in the first three games of the season, dug itself a hole as Northern jumped out to an 11-2 lead midway in the first half.
On the difference between this year’s Northern team and last year’s squad, Callahan mentioned how they looked.
“This year they were a lot more well-rounded,” said Callahan, who had three first-half goals and finished with four assists. “They had a lot of more scoring threats that they could go to, and last year that was like that for us. We graduated a lot of seniors from last season. Northern definitely improved a lot.”
Senior Grace Herbert finished with a hat trick.
“Northern had a lot of experience and we have some inexperience,” Herbert said.
“Northern was a lot better this year, and for the first 10 minutes we didn’t do anything,” Stone head coach Rich Callahan said. “We were flat and they weren’t. We had to play catch up for the rest of the game.”
Freshman Faith Breads contributed with two goals in the second half for Stone.
“She’s just an athlete,” the older Callahan said. “I told her that we want her to score more. She’s getting better and she only been playing lacrosse for a couple months.”
Stone freshman Glory Hendricks had eight saves.
Northern 22, Thomas Stone 11
Stone 5 6Northern 15 7
Goals: Stone (Callahan 6, Herbert 3, Breads 2); Northern (Pate 6, Gadwill 4, Cummings 4, Truitt 3, Magee 2, Blackistone, Carlson, Emerson)
Saves: Thomas Stone (Hendricks 8); Northern (Buckley 11)