Junior midfielder Jackie Perry scored six goals and helped the Mountain Lakes girls lacrosse team stay undefeated with a 16-8 victory over Westfield on Thursday.
The Blue Devils (4-3) struck first, scoring with 23 minutes 21 seconds left in the first half on a goal by Emily Shields. The Lakers answered right back less than a minute later with back-to-back goals from senior midfielder Allie LaBeau and Perry for a 2-1 lead with 20:38 left. Westfield tied the game on a free position goal by Alexis Kardius, but Perry struck again with 18:43 to go on an assist from junior midfielder Meredith Newfrock to give the Lakers a 3-2 lead.
“I think we did really well, we were really clean,” Perry said. “We’ve been waiting to come out in a game and play the whole game, 100 percent for the whole game and we definitely did that.”
Junior midfielder Victoria Kalamaras scored two more goals to give Mountain Lakes a 5-2 lead with 14:44 left, but Courtney Weisse scored for the Blue Devils to cut the lead to 5-3. The Lakers went on to score three more goals in a six-minute span to take an 8-3 lead, which Westfield cut to 8-4 with 5:13 to go in the half. Kalamaras scored her third goal of the half with 5:01 remaining for a 9-4 Lakers lead, but Weisse scored on an assist from Anna Tanji with 42 seconds left to send the game to halftime with Mountain Lakes up 9-5.
“I think we knew they were going to be a really strong team so we wanted to focus on getting the draw controls, maintain possession and make sure on defense we were marking up ono all their cutters and watching the slide on defense,” Kalamaras said.
Westfield opened the second half with Elizabeth Cusick’s second goal of the game to cut the lead to 9-6, but Perry went on a three-goal run to give Mountain Lakes a 12-6 advantage with 13:16 left in the game. Cusick picked up her third goal with 11:43 for a 12-7 game, and Perry struck again with 10:24 on an assist from senior midfielder Maddy Siebold for a 13-7 lead.
“Our defense really stepped up,” Perry said. “They have players who are good drivers and they have players who were good cutters and I think our defense definitely recognized that and made adjustments when they needed to.”
Tanji scored Westfield’s final goal of the game with 6:48 left for a 13-8 score, and senior midfielder Olivia Fernandez scored a free position goal with 5:46 left to push the Lakers’ lead to 14-8. Siebold scored her second goal of the game with 3:43 on an assist from Perry and Kalamaras capped Mountain Lakes’ scoring with with 45 seconds to go for the 16-8 final.
With the win the Lakers improved to 6-0 and is holding steady at the top of the Stars & Stripes North Division ahead of Glen Ridge, IHA, Morris Knolls, Ridgewood, West Essex and Kinnelon. Mountain Lakes advanced to the Morris County Tournament semifinals and the North Group I finals last season, but the team isn’t focused too far ahead, they’re taking this season one game at a time.
“(The season is) going well,” Perry said. “We take each game one game at a time, there’s no need to look ahead, any team can do anything at any time.”
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GOALS: (ML) Perry 6, V. Kalamaras 4, Siebold 2, Fernandez 2, LaBeau, Newfrock; (W) Cusick 3, C. Weisse 2, Tanji, Shieds, Kardius; ASSISTS: (ML) Perry 2, LaBeau 2, Siebold 2; (W) Tanji 2, C. Weisse; SAVES: (ML) Allison 6, Krupnick 7; (W) M. Weisse 10.