It wasn’t easy, but Livonia Ladywood overcame adversity and the elements Tuesday to earn a 10-9 Catholic League girls lacrosse victory Tuesday over visiting Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard.
Dani Dwyer scored four goals, while Jillian Jacobs added three as the victorious Blazers improved to 4-3 overall and 4-0 in Division 1 of the Catholic League.
Also scoring goals for Ladywood were Nicole Reece, Colleen Barnes and Colleen Lynch.
Junior goalie Aliya Grandison made 13 saves.
Lauren Layden scored four goals, while Rachael Dunleavy, Olivia Marcarelli and Marissa Barman had one apiece for Fighting Irish (3-3, 1-1 Division 2).
After the assigned officials did not show for the 5 p.m. scheduled start, the game was delayed for 90 minutes until replacements were found.
“We had to wait for them to show up and they were more familiar with the boys game than the girls,” Ladywood coach Kris Sanders said. “So we didn’t get our game started until 6:30, which put us very far behind. The weather began to get nasty at the end of the first half and continued into the second.”
Ladywood led 7-6 at halftime.
“The game was very physical, which was due to the fact that the officiating was geared to allowing for the physicality seen in the boys games and their lack of knowledge of the girls rules,” Sanders said. “At the end of the night, we came out on top but we still have lots of work to do to bring us up to the level we know we are capable of and is expected.”
But the Blazers were able to pull out the victory.
“We struggled to get any rhythm going and we were not sharp in our offensive or defensive ends,” Sanders said. “Our midfield play was the strongest part of our game. We managed to just stay above Gabriel Richard to pull out the win. However, they played a great game.”
Ladywood returns to action Saturday at the Saline Invitational.