On Friday night at Greenville High’s Sirrine Stadium, the Riverside girls lacrosse team showed that there could be a good form of ‘senioritis.’
Seniors accounted for all of the Warriors’ scoring in Riverside’s 15-9 win over the Red Raiders. None stood taller offensively than Muriel Lee, who finished with eight goals.
“Muriel’s an awesome player. She’s been playing with us since she was an eighth grader,” said Warriors coach DeAnn Louis. “She can make goals from any angle.”
Just over two minutes into Friday’s match, Greenville was a player down due to a penalty and Riverside quickly took advantage.
Tegan Noonan, Lee and her sister, Ariel Lee, scored goals within 30 seconds of each other giving the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
Greenville’s Aubrie Lauderdale answered with a pair of goals within the next two minutes.
The game remained 3-2 for the next five minutes before Muriel Lee had two goals sandwiched around another Noonan goal to push Riverside’s lead to 6-2.
After the Red Raiders’ Emily Dunn scored with 9:39 left, Lee capped a five-goal spurt by Riverside the rest of the half scoring on a penalty shot with 25 seconds left to give the Warriors an 11-3 lead at the break.
Gracie Flaspoehler and Lauderdale scored 40 seconds apart early in the second half to cut Riverside’s lead to six.
Lee responded with her seventh and eighth goals of the night, and Noonan added her fourth staking Riverside to a 14-5 lead with 14:48 left in the game.
Louis was particularly happy with the Warriors’ defensive effort, especially considering that they were shorthanded there.
“Out of four defensive players, only one (who played Friday) was a starter,” said Louis. “Three were out sick or at college interviews, so I’m very pleased with their effort.”
Leah Phillips, who’s passing helped set up much of Riverside’s scoring, scored with 6:02 left to cap the Warriors offensive effort.
In addition to Lee’s eight goals and Noonan’s four, Arial Lee, Kelli Murphy and Phillips also had goals for Riverside (2-0).
Lauderdale collected four goals and an assist to lead Greenville (1-2), which has just one senior.
“Aubrie has great field awareness, and a wonderful shot on goal,” said Greenville coach Colleen McCambridge, who added that she was proud of her young team for not folding after halftime.
“My girls are really athletic and have a tenacious spirit. To see them come back and work hard in the second half … shows that we’re going to be really competitive this year.”
Flaspoehler had two goals, while Dunn, Allie Harward and Ashlyn Jones also scored for the Red Raiders.