The Sandwich girls’ lacrosse team is headed back to the state tournament again this year. The Lady Knights (10-4, 8-0 ACL) qualified for the postseason last week with their 13-6 victory over Plymouth North. Monday the Knights hosted Division 2 Apponequet, handing the Lakers (9-2-1) only their second loss of the season.
The Lady Knights struck first just 2:52 into the game Monday to take an early lead over visiting Apponequet. But, the Lakers answered quickly, serving notice that they were ready to play.
Sandwich struggled in the opening half to put their passes on target and to control the ball, while Apponequet showed no signs of struggling, controlled the draw and forced play into the SHS end, pressing hard on the Lady Knight defense. Megan Reardon and Nicole Martin came up big defensively in the first half, keeping the game close, allowing the Knights to get back on track in the second half and claim a 13-11 win.
Annie White opened the scoring for Sandwich, scoring from in front off a pass from Maggie Layo, but Apponequet came right back 40 seconds later and then 6:21 into the first half the Lakers took a 2-1 lead.
Layo tied the game two minutes later on a leaping shot down low to the Apponequet goalie’s right. Again the Lakers answered, edging ahead 3-2. With 10:12 left in the half Gauthier picked up her first of the afternoon on a restart to knot things at 3-all.
Three minutes later Layo scored her second, after Caroline McKenna intercepted an Apponequet pass, took it down the field and found Layo to put the Knights up by one. Sandwich took a two-goal lead with 5:09 left when Reardon picked off a Laker pass and got the ball to Martin, who raced the length of the field, but was fouled as she went to shoot. She did score on the restart, giving the Lady Knights a 5-3 lead.
Apponequet got one back in the final seconds to send the game into the break with the Knights leading 5-4.
Sandwich began to click in the second half. Gauthier opened the scoring, with her third of the afternoon. Apponequet answered to keep things tight, until Carly Whittle won the ensuing draw and dodged through the defense and fired a hard overhand shot at Laker goalie Jackie Call to put the Knights up 7-5.
Again Apponequet came right back, this time scoring twice to tie the score at 7-7. McKenna pulled the Lady Knights ahead with a goal on a restart, but the Lakers answered, making the score 8-all.
With 8:07 to play Apponequet’s Lizzie Loranger scored the fourth of her five goals of the day to give the visitors a 9-8 lead. A bounce shot on a restart that slipped in just under the top crossbar by McKenna tied the game at 9-9.
McKenna’s goal opened a five-goal run for Sandwich within a four-minute span. Whittle registered her second with a nice spin move, Layo collected her third with a leaping shot from out front and McKenna hit her third of the day dodging defenders in front of the net. Gauthier hit her third of the afternoon with five minutes to play, when she took a perfect crossing pass from McKenna in front of the Apponequet net and got it past Call.
As they had all day, the Lakers just kept coming, scoring twice in the final minute.
After losing the majority of the draws in the opening half, the Lady Knights came back to win 10 in the second.
Anna Hurley picked up the win in goal for SHS, making nine saves. Call had 11 saves in net for the Lakers.
In their 13-6 victory over Plymouth North on May 8, Lea Adams led the scoring with four goals and Anna Hurley turned in a solid performance in goal to nail down the win.