After a rough start to the season, the Roxbury girls lacrosse team picked up its first win with a 12-10 victory over Freedom North Division foe Morris Knolls on Wednesday.
The game was close the whole way as there were seven ties and eight lead changes.
“I think offensively we got a little nervous because it was our first close game, but offensively we did good,” Roxbury senior attack Jamie Kendelski said. “We held the ball at the end, we had to stop the clock. We did make one or two mistakes but we ended up cleaning up well and we finished strong.”
Down 9-8 with 11 minutes 41 seconds to go, Roxbury senior midfielder Amanda Beal scored her third goal of the game to tie it up 9-9. With 9:12 left junior attack Dana Pizzuti gave the Gaels the lead 10-9 and Beal won the ensuing draw control. Beal spun toward the goal and sent the ball to a streaking Kendelski who scored to stretch the lead to 11-9. Both goals were scored with a man down for Morris Knolls (0-3).
Senior midfielder Katie Cikovsky then scored her third goal of the game on a free position shot to give Roxbury a 12-9 lead with 6:47 left. Senior attack Ally Black scored 41 seconds later for the Golden Eagles and the Gaels held on the ball in the final minutes for the 12-10 final.
“To be honest, relaxing because once you have the ball and you have girls coming at you, the main thing is to relax and that’s what we did to take away the win,” said Beal when asked what the difference was at the end of the game for the Gaels. “We relaxed, carried it and went smart with it.”
The Golden Eagles opened the game with two-straight goals from senior midfielder Jacie Cooper, but Beal and sophomore attack Chelsea Artigliere tied it up for the Gaels 2-2 with 14:35 to go in the first half. Back-to-back goals from senior midfielder Steph Hughes and Cooper gave Morris Knolls back the lead, 4-2 with 13:58 to play, but Beal scored 46 seconds later to get within 4-3, then assisted on a goal by senior midfielder Kayla Lucia to tie it up again, 4-4.
The two teams then exchanged goals and the game was tied 7-7 at halftime.
“I think with the two losses we had before it was always on our mind the whole game,” Cikovsky said. “I think we were lucky enough to be able to push through that and play our hardest and win the game.”
Beal, Cikovsky and Kendelski each finished with a hat trick and Beal had three assists. Senior goalie Erica Tesoriero made seven saves. For Morris Knolls, Cooper finished with four goals. Junior goalie Tito Adetula made four saves while sophomore Kate Dwyer made one save in the second half.
“I think that just coming out with our first win is a big thing,” Kendelski said. “We’ve been losing the past two games and it’s been bringing us down but if we can finish strong like this every game then I think we can have a successful season.”
Roxbury 12, Morris Knolls 10
GOALS: (R) Beal 3, Cikovsky 3, Kendelski 3, Artigliere, Lucia, Pizzuti; (MK) Cooper 4, Mitarotonda 2, Hughes, Black, Vitolo, Dolan; ASSISTS: (R) Beal 3, Artigliere; (MK) Black; SAVES: (R) Tesoriero 7; (MK) Adetula 4, Dwyer 1.