Warriors rout Spartans 20-6
Published in the April 27, 2016 edition
WAKEFIELD — The Warrior girls’ lacrosse team has rolled against the three non-league opponents it has faced so far this season. The momentum Wakefield’s gained carried over to Middlesex League competition as it easily dispatched of Stoneham by a 20-6 tally yesterday afternoon at Landrigan Field.
The contest was originally scheduled to be played in Stoneham, but due to the rain and a grass field facility at Stoneham High School, the game was moved to the turf at Landrigan Field.
The Warriors upped their overall record to 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Middlesex League Freedom division. It was Wakefield’s first league win of 2016.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead and coasted from there outscoring the Spartans, 6-3, in the second half.
“Wakefield scored right away at 24:05 into the game. We had a great first half with transitioning the ball up the field. Our ball movement was on and are passing was quick and accurate,” said Head Coach Cara Luca. “We worked on in practice the day before transitioning the ball up the field quickly to throw off defense. (In the) Second half we worked on our team plays. We scored each time off them which was good.
“We were stronger than Stoneham today in all aspects,” continued Luca. “Defensively we were able to double team, we intercepted the ball and had clean stick checks.”
The Wakefield goalies were seniors Mikayla White and Bianca Passacantilli. White made four saves in the first half and Passacantilli made three saves in the second half.
The leading scorer for the Warriors was junior Kelsey Czarnota. The junior tallied five goals and assisted on two others.
Senior Julianne Bourque also had a strong offensive game as she notched four goals and had four assists.
Senior Isa Cusack had three goals and Brianna Smith, a junior, tallied two goals and assisted on four other scores. Julia Brown, a sophomore, found the back of the net once with a goal and she had two assists as well.
Getting two points each were junior Taylor Messina (two goals), junior Emily Ryan (one goal, one assist) and senior Erin Murphy (one goal, one assist).
Jessica Vinciguerra, a senior, scored one goal to round out the scoring.
“Based on the stats, 14 of our 20 goals had assists. This just shows how we are improving on our passing and becoming more confident with quick ball movement,” said Luca. “We have a very strong attack line and midfield line who are working on getting the ball in the net and throwing the defense off. I am pleased on how the girls played today. We are now onto Malden.”
The Warriors host the Golden Tornadoes this afternoon at 4 p.m. in a non-league game at Landrigan Field. Wakefield beat Malden by a 16-1 score last week at McDonald Stadium so it will be going for the season sweep.