Coach Rob Daziel’s defending Division I champion Pinkerton Academy girls’ lacrosse team continued to do one heck of an imitation of a steamroller last week, thumping both Nashua South and the rival Londonderry High contingent as well.
The Lady Astros had zero trouble with the struggling Nashua South Lady Purple Panthers in the Gate City on Wednesday, May 14.
South (1-12) rolled into the match having lost 11 consecutive matches, while 12-1 Pinkerton came into the day having won its last two contests and every one of its New Hampshire matches.
Daziel’s dames dashed out to a huge halftime lead and had no trouble putting the win away in half number two.
“We controlled the game, rarely letting South into their offensive end and extending the lead to 13-0 at half,” said the coach. “Defensive efforts were led by Sam Albano, Jess Cote, Courtney Lampert, Eva Murray, Melanie George, Morgan Hazelton, and Emily Sharretts.”
Pinkerton got goals from 13 different sources, with Kennedy Daziel scoring three times, Maggie McCarthy, Colby Millsaps, and Eric Coutts each netting two goals, and Sierra Sanchez, Amanda Szostak, Ali Davis, and Danni Hopkins each scoring once and snagging one assist.
Single goals were potted by Ariel Vaillancourt, Sam Albano, Jess Cote, Eva Murray, and Nola Wesche, and Micaela Capozzo and Maggie Mulrennan each assisted on one goal.
The Lady Astros then bounded into a repeat match-up of their recent lopsided victory over the rival Londonderry High Lady Lancers. The rematch took place at LHS last Friday, May 16, seven days after the academy crew’s 15-5 defeat of the rival in Derry.
The next game was played under damp conditions in Londonderry, with Pinkerton collecting a decisive 14-6 drubbing of its host. But to the Lady Lancers’ credit, it was the first time the team – which suffered its lone loss of the spring to the North Andover (Mass.) High School team earlier this month – had failed to best a Granite State opponent by double digits.
The academy side had an 8-3 lead at halftime and went on to outscore its host by a 6-3 tally in the second half.
McCarthy bagged six of the victors’ goals, Coutts contributed three goals and one assist, Kennedy Daziel was good for two scores, Capozzo collected a goal and an assist, and Szostak and Tompkins each tallied once.
Keeper Sarah Lambert contributed six saves to the winning cause, including several big ones in the second half when Londonderry had whittled its deficit down to just four goals.
But the Lady Astros saw their four-game winning streak end and their season record move to 13-2 with a tough, 10-9 loss at the hands of the host Exeter High Lady Blue Hawks this past Monday.
The host team moved to 10-4 with its noteworthy win. After trailing by an 8-3 tally at halftime, Pinkerton made a great comeback push in the second half but fell short, despite outscoring its host by a margin of 6-2 during that second stanza.
Kennedy Daziel potted four of the PA goals, Maggie McCarthy netted three, Coutts and Aleah MacKay each scored once, and Amanda Szostak dealt out one assist.