GROTON — There is nothing more difficult for an opponent to deal with than balance, and the Groton-Dunstable girls lacrosse team showcased its depth in routing Tyngsboro 17-8 as eight different Lady Crusaders scored goals.ß
“Last year we did too much one-on-one stuff and this year we are really concentrating on our set plays and getting everyone involved,” said Groton-Dunstable coach Rich Mitchell. “That work really paid off today. We got a lot of people involved and our offense looked excellent. Defensively we pressured the ball and did a nice job overall.”
After an even first 13 minutes, the Lady Crusaders broke things open with a five goal burst. Erika Eipp got things rolling with an unassisted tally before setting up a Kelsey Doran goal. Haley Pollard found the back of the net and Lauren Kraemer followed that up with a pair of goals as Groton-Dunstable scored five times in a span of 3:27 to take control.
The Tigers drew within four at 8-6 on an Angie Sutherland goal, but Groton-Dunstable answered back with three goals over the next 99 seconds. Kraemer completed her hat trick, converting a Nicki Wilkinson feed into a goal and added her fourth goal off a Pollard feed. Wilkinson then added a goal to make it 11-4 before a last second goal made it 11-5 at halftime.
“We were a little sluggish early on, but then everything kind of kicked in,” said Mitchell. “Our ball movement was outstanding and everyone was looking to make the pass to set up a better shot. I was very pleased with our offense over the first 25 minutes.”
Any hopes of a comeback for Tyngsboro were dashed over the first nine minutes of the second half as the Lady Crusaders put up four unanswered goals. Livy Penney had two goals during the run while Eipp and Pollard added a goal each to extend the lead to 15-5.
Groton-Dunstable goaltenders Prachi Joglekar (nine saves) and Katie O’Brien (two saves) shined the rest of the way as Groton-Dunstable improved to 3-3 on the season..
Kraemer paced the Lady Crusaders with four goals and two assists in the winning effort. Eipp finished with four goals and an assist. Pollard (two assists), Doran and Penney scored two goals each while Wilkinson chipped in a goal and two assists.