Published in the May 10, 2016 edition.
WAKEFIELD — Even though the Wakefield Memorial High girls’ lacrosse team defeated Revere easily nearly a month ago, there was an extra incentive for the Warriors not to take the Patriots lightly.
Wakefield needed one more win to clinch a state tournament berth and the Warriors got it with a 19-7 rout yesterday afternoon in the non-league rematch at Landrigan Field.
Wakefield is now 9-2 overall on the season and has clinched a postseason berth for the second year in a row.
“We are very excited about today. We felt really confident going into today’s game,” said Coach Cara Luca. “The win against Belmont was huge because we only needed one more win and we knew we could get it against Revere.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 10-5 halftime lead and cruised from there.
Leading the way with five goals apiece were senior Julianne Bourque and junior Kelsey Czarnota. Czarnota also had an assist for a six-point effort.
Brianna Smith, a junior, tallied four goals and had three assists as she also had a very strong game.
Senior Erin Murphy, junior Emily Ryan, junior Taylor Messina and senior Isa Cusack each notched one goal.
Murphy, Ryan and Messina also earned a pair of assists as all three had three point games. Cusack, meanwhile, had an assist in addition to her goal.
Megan Horrigan, a junior, had two assists as the 19 goal output was truly a team effort by the Warriors.
In goal, senior Mikayla White played the first half and made two saves. Bianca Passacantilli, a senior, played the second half and also made two saves.
“We can’t back down now. We have to finish strong for a higher seed,” said Luca. “We have a tough schedule coming up with all division games. We have to stay focused and give 110 percent at each game and practice.”
Luca also wanted to congratulate the freshman team coached by Amanda Sheehan and the JV team coached by Meg O’Connell for both coming out with wins yesterday.
Wakefield faces Woburn this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Connolly Stadium. The Tanners defeated the Warriors in the first round of the state tournament a year ago.