GROTON — The Bromfield girls lacrosse team was coming off a solid victory over Hudson when it tangled with unbeaten Groton-Dunstable in a non-league road contest. The Lady Crusaders lived up to its advanced billing, dominating the game in all departments, complementing a quick-striking offense with aggressive and intense defensive play en route to a 17-2 victory.
The key to the game was Groton-Dunstable’s ability to pressure Bromfield ballcarriers and make it difficult for the Lady Trojans to advance the ball up the field. The Lady Crusaders owned a large edge in territorial play and time of possession and used a deft finishing touch to post an easy win.
Erika Eipp paced the victory with five goals and four assists as 10 Groton-Dunstable players picked up at least one point. Corinne Kraemer finished with three goals and four assists, while Kelsey Doran earned the game ball from coach Rich Mitchell with three goals. Maeve Cusack added a pair of goals while Haley Pollard had a goal and an assist, and Rachel Silveria, Olivia Penney and Caroline Stark netted single goals.
Joglekar made three saves in the contest, buoyed by strong defensive efforts by Leah Markham, Katie Judge and Abby Stark.
Bromfield goaltender Maggie Rooney (nine saves) made a nice save two minutes into the game, denying Pollard’s bouncing shot, but Groton-Dunstable applied relentless offensive pressure and quickly broke the game open.
Eipp scored the first two goals of the game, at 3:49 and 5:43, the first a short shot after taking a pass from Kraemer, and the second by showing persistence and netting a rebound after Rooney had stopped her initial shot.
Less than a minute later, Silveria made it 3-0 when she took a pass from Pollard from behind the net and scored from close range.
Rooney made a pair of quality stops, but the Lady Crusaders kept coming with three goals in a four-minute span to build the advantage to 6-0.
At 12:05, Pollard took a pass from Kraemer and netted a short shot.
At 14:23, Eipp made a strong run down the center of the field and fired a shot under the cross bar.
At 16:11, Kraemer bounced a shot into the net after taking a pass from Emma Ordemann.
The Lady Crusaders suffered no letdown over the final nine minutes of the half, scoring six unanswered goals to build the lead to 12-0 at intermission. Eipp was the catalyst with a goal and three assists, while Kraemer and Doran each scored twice, and Cusack added a single tally.
After Penney and Eipp scored in the first nine minutes of the second half, Bromfield got on the board when Lindsey Hazel fired a short shot under the cross bar.
Sophie Turchetta scored the other Bromfield goal, making a strong cut toward the net and taking a pass from Hazel before scoring from close range.
Groton-Dunstable improved to 8-0 for the season while Bromfield is now 2-3.