Melrose 3-2 after 17-3 win over Wilmington
Published in the April 28, 2017 edition
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE—After a long school vacation break, the MHS girls’ lacrosse team came roaring back to the season with a convincing 17-3 victory over Wilmington on the road Monday, April 24 to improve their record to 3-2 on the season.
Melrose attackers were fast and furious with Peri MacDonald and Shannon Jones posting three goals a piece (MacDonald earning three assists.) A collection of Lady Raiders added to the effort, including Rachel DiFraia (2 goals), Abby Cunningham (2), Lily Cunningham (2) Emma Randolph, Leonora Ivers and Stephanie Overlan.
Melrose held the lead the entire game, dominated ball control, and kept the Wildcats nearly scoreless in the second half. According to head coach Cate Arkins, Melrose winning the ground ball war (roughly 40 vs. 20) was key to victory. The Lady Raiders also maintained draw control throughout the contest. At the net, Linnea Kelly had another strong day and limited Wilmington to just three goals.
“Defensively, we did well,” said Arkins. “We were aggressive in ground balls and showed good movement, our passing went well and were able to keep open lanes. We also forced a good amount of turnovers that reduced Wilmington’s shots at net.”
One of those players includes senior Shannon Jones. “She was a real beast on ground balls, and had about 8 during the game. That’s something as a team that we’ve tried to improve at this point.”
Melrose will continue league will play when they travel to Burlington on Friday for a 3:45 p.m. game against the Red Devils.