All in all, the Londonderry High girls’ lacrosse squad had reasons to feel that last week was a pretty productive one.
The girls entered that span holding a record which sat just below the .500 mark in tough Division I at 1-2. But the team managed to defeat two of the three opponents who they faced on their own home field behind the Matthew Thornton School during the span covering April 16 to 21 to enter this week sitting right on the .500 threshold at 3-3.
The LHS crew brought the hammer down – and evened its season record at 2-2 – with a 19-2 pulverizing of the Dover High Green Wave at Londonderry High on Tuesday, April 17.
The locals outscored their guests by 9-1 in the first half and then washed over the Wave by scoring 10 more second half goals to Dover’s one.
Veteran Catie Derhak had a monster game for the winning side, notching some eight points on five goals and three assists.
Meghan Jackes scored four times, Maddy Walden was good for two goals and two assists, Shannon Fraser and Sarah Duarte each scored twice, and Grace Chicko, Jenna Stowell, Hannah McCutchen, and Lauren Doherty each netted one goal. Kaitlin Nartiff and Sammy Leclair both contributed one assist to the lopsided victory, and LHS goalie Morgan Brutus turned aside five shots.
Things were much tighter for the Lancers in their home battle with the Manchester Central Little Green on Friday, April 20. But when the final whistle blew, the locals had a 15-13 success in hand.
Derhak had another stellar performance for her side on that very cold and wind-swept afternoon, netting seven goals and setting up two others for a nine-point day.
Sarah Duarte scored three times for LHS, Allie Marsh lit it up twice, and Jenna Stowell, Sammy Leclair, and Victoria Kelly each netted one shot in the tight match. Meghan Jackes dealt out one assist on the winning day.
However, after winning by a two-goal margin on Friday the Lancers fell by two tallies the next day in a 12-10 decision against Exeter’s Blue Hawks.
Derhak and Duarte each scored three times for the locals, Marsh tallied twice, Jackes and Grace Chicko each scored one marker, and Maddy Walden dished out two assists. LHS goalie Brutus turned aside seven Exeter shots.
After a few days away from competitive action, the Lancers got back down to Division I business this Wednesday, April 25 against Nashua North in the Gate City. They play a big match against arch-rival Pinkerton in Derry this Friday.