Roxbury holds on for 9-8 victory

Roxbury holds on for 9-8 victory

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Roxbury holds on for 9-8 victory

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Freshman midfielder Chelsea Artigliere scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal as the Roxbury girls lacrosse team held off a furious rally from Morris Catholic and won 9-8 in a Independence South Division matchup on Wednesday.

Artigliere scored the Gaels’ final goal with 7 minutes 55 seconds left in the game for a 9-5 lead, but the Crusaders (5-6) battled back and scored the final three goals to get within 9-8 with 1:43 left.

After senior midfielder Tina Nassaney scored her third goal of the game on an assist from junior defender Sarah Shirkey to cut the lead to one, Roxbury won the draw and headed into Morris Catholic’s zone. The ball was turned over when sophomore midfielder Lexi Finn stole the ball midpass but as she headed back down the field the ball was turned over again and Roxbury junior midfielder Katie Cikovsky ended up with it.

With 13 seconds left the ball was turned over again and Morris Catholic junior midfielder Taylor Shannahan took a shot but it sailed high over the net and the clock stopped with one second left.

“We definitely wanted to lead from the beginning because our last couple of games we’ve been having to dig deep and come up from four goals under,” Roxbury senior attack Joelle Manganella said. “So our biggest thing was to try to get the most goals or play on the offensive end as much as we could to give ourselves a lead before halftime.”

Junior attack Amanda Migoya opened the second half with a goal to pull Morris Catholic within three, 7-4. Four minutes later Manganella scored her fourth goal of the game for an 8-4 lead but the Crusaders answered back when Nassaney scored on an assist from Migoya. Artigliere then capped Roxbury’s scoring and Morris Catholic began to come back.

With 4:48 to go Shannahan scored her second goal of the game and the Crusaders won the draw. Nassaney struck again with 3:51 to go to cut the lead to two, 9-7.

“It was scary,” Manganella said of Morris Catholic’s comeback. “I think it was just overwhelming because a lot of our turnovers were in the midfield and on the offensive end so when a double- or triple-team would come … it was hard for us to keep full control of the ball. But since we had a lead in the beginning it was good that any mistake we made in transition or even on the offense or defensive end wasn’t one that was going to cost us the game.”

Roxbury 9, Morris Catholic 8

Morris Catholic (5-6) 3 5 8
Roxbury (7-3) 7 2 9

GOALS: (R) Manganella 4, Kendelski 2, Cryan, Gruber, Artigliere; (MC) Nassaney 3, Shannahan 2, Migoya 2, Finn; ASSISTS: (R) Manganella 2, Cikovsky 2; (MC) Migoya, Shirkey; SAVES: (R) Sanderson 9; (MC) Soto 6.

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