TOWNSEND — Any first-year varsity program is going to take some lumps and on Monday afternoon that happened to the Bromfield girls lacrosse team. The Lady Trojans were overwhelmed by North Middlesex 14-2 as the Lady Pats showcased decided edges in experience, quickness and depth.
The Lady Pats put the game on ice with a flawless first half, building an 8-0 lead and owning a 16-3 edge in shots on goal. Bromfield goaltender Maggie Rooney (13 saves in the game) did what she could to stem the tide, but North Middlesex was just too strong.
“We tried some new things today and worked on our transition,” said North Middlesex coach Margaret Nickless. “We passed the ball well and spread it around. We got goals from a lot of different players and I think we showed how deep we are.”
“We did a good job of double teaming defensively and we had good passing and ball movement,” said Bromfield coach Pam Alexander. “We tried to slow the offense down and control the pace of the game. Maggie did a good job and made a number of nice saves.”
The Lady Pats came out strongly, getting the first nine shots on goal in the game, four of which found the net.
Emily Durette scored the first goal of the game with a 10-yard bouncing shot, before Melissa D’Eon made it 2-0, breaking in from right wing and scoring from close range.
Goals by Jamie Kelley, unassisted, and Kim Jaksina, after taking a pass from D’Eon extended the advantage to 4-0 midway through the first half.
Bromfield finally created some offense, testing North MIddlesex goaltender Jenny Confrancisco with back-to-back shots, but the Lady Pats’ netminder stopped them both.
Bromfield’s Rosie Gatto stole a pass on left wing and cut toward the net, but Confrancisco stopped the shot. Less than a minute later, Lindsey Hazel made a determined run through a number of North Middlesex defenders, only to have her point blank shot denied by Confranciso.
The Lady Pats finished the half strongly with four unanswered goals. D’Eon scored from in close, Delaney Alves sliced between defenders and bounced in a shot, Jaksina took a pass from Kelsey Murphy and scored from close range, before Jaksina wrapped up the scoring in the half with a buzzer-beating shot.
Bromfield was more aggressive to open the second half and got on the board when Gatto cut across the field and ripped a backhanded shot into the net. Gatto scored a couple of minutes later when she broke in alone and netted a short shot to make it 8-2.
That would be the final Bromfield goal as North Middlesex put the wraps on an outstanding all-around effort with the final six goals of the game.
Jamie Kelley got things started with a great burst of speed, finishing a long run with a low shot.
Alves made it 10-2 when she scored on a bouncing shot from ten yards out.
D’Eon scored, assisted by Ally Watkins, with a shot from outside the left post.
One of the prettiest goals of the game made it 12-2. Jamie Kelley’s pin-point pass found Durette, who scored on a shot from close range.
The final two goals were a short shot by Alves, after taking a pass from Kristen Hayward, and Hayward’s shot from outside the left post, assisted by Durette.
Eight different players scored points for North Middlesex. D’Eon led the way with three goals and an assist, followed by Jaksina and Alves with three goals each, and Jamie Kelley and Durette with two goals and an assist. Hayward chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Gatto, Lauren Tower, Laura Nocka and Caitlyn Nygren played well for Bromfield.