Patriots unleash scoring power; top rival BBA 16-5
MANCHESTER — The last time the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team lost a game was last year against rival BBA at Applejack Field. Since then, the Patriots have reeled off nine straight wins, including a 16-5 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon at Taylor Field.
"We knew that this would be a tough game for us with facing BBA, so our girls came out ready to go to get the win," said MAU girls lacrosse coach Whitney Brooks. "We made sure we stayed ahead of them and didn't fall behind. It was amazing to watch us play the way we did."
The Patriots took control of the contest from the opening face-off, scoring the game's first four goals to grab an early lead over their rivals.
Senior Emily Altland was the catalyst for the Patriots getting ahead early, scoring all three of her goals in the first five minutes of the contest.
Altland now sits at 220 career goals, placing her just three shy of Emily Cross' program record.
The senior then became a facilitator for the Patriots, dishing out an assist on both Alex Cross and Brianna Zipprich goals that helped MAU expand its lead to 6-0.
MAU went on to score the games' first seven goals after Zipprich knocked in her second goal of the contest with 11:19 minutes left to play in the first half.
After Shayla Heekin got the Bulldogs on the board with just over eight minutes left to play in the first half, the Patriots answered right back with a goal from Taylor Andrews and then Zipprich added her third score of the afternoon to extend the MAU lead to eight.
BBA was able to cut the Patriots lead down to seven going into halftime with a goal scored by Carly Gayda.
Both MAU's Riley Mintrone and Heekin scored their second goals of the contest to start the second half, before the Patriots went on a little scoring run again.
After Avery Galle knocked in her first goals of the contest, Mintrone joined Altland and Zipprich in the hat trick party for MAU by slashing in her third goal of the game to give the Patriots a 12-3 lead.
MAU's lead expanded to 10 when its one-two punch duo of Altland and Zipprich scrapped through the BBA defense one last time, with Altland drive into the Bulldogs' zone and dishing a nice pass to Zipprich who fired in her game-high fourth goals of the contest.
"Our team did a great job passing and setting picks for everybody the whole game and that really opened up scoring opportunities for us," Zipprich said. "For myself, I had a tough start and had couldn't get first couple of shots on net, but I stayed positive and my team helped me out by giving me great passes to get me on the right track to finish the game."
Altland finished with a team-high four assists on the afternoon.
BBA mounted a small comeback with back-to-back goals by Lydia Morgantini and Shea Lincourt, but MAU again answered back with two straight goals of its own, with Mintrone adding in her fourth goal of the afternoon to make it a 10 score contest once again.
"It felt great to score four goals today and help the team get the win," Mintrone said. "Our team did a great job communicating and passing all game long. I think our team's positive philosophy really helps us out on the field and the encouragement I got from teammates really helped me have a good game too."
Senior Hayley Richmond put an exclamation point on the MAU win with a goal in the final seconds as the Patriots improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Patriots have scored a combined 30 goals in their first two games of the season.
Senior goalie Carly Plaisance recorded nine saves in her first game back in net for MAU who help BBA to less then 10 goals for the first time this season.
"We have a strong defense and with Carly in net, our team is very confident that will be in the right spots to stop of their team's offense," Brooks said. "Our team as a whole is very well rounded group. We have a bunch of girls that can score on offense and we have really quick defense. We're off to great start. We just have to continue what were doing on the field."
With the loss, BBA drops to 0-4 on the season.
"We have to overcome the bumps in the road that we have taken to start the season," said BBA coach Jennifer Brenner. "We had a tough slate of games to begin the season. Hopefully that will help us get stronger and play better as the season goes on. We just have to regroup and get our ducks in a row."
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