WOODSIDE—Polytech entered its nonconference girls’ lacrosse tilt against visiting Ursuline Academy knowing that it had to win the midfield battle in order to emerge victorious in the contest between two top five teams.
The Panthers won the majority of 50-50 balls in the midfield in the first half, allowing them to score nine unanswered goals at one point en route to a 20-8 victory over the Raiders Thursday evening.
“We knew we had to get draw control. That was our number one priority. We also knew we had to be scrappy and go after every ground ball. Second shots were important, going after the first shot and get the rebound.” Polytech’s Jamie Trabaudo, who scored a game-high six goals, said.
Trabaudo scored the game’s first goal 2:10 in to give Polytech a 1-0 lead, but that was short-lived as Janet Schmeusser tied the game for Ursuline just 23 seconds later.
The second-ranked Panthers (5-0) regained the lead when Camryn Dennis’s found the back of the net with 22:59 remaining the first half, and starting with that goal, Polytech went on a 9-0 run over 12 minutes and six seconds to take a 10-1 lead with 9:53 left in the first half.
Ali McKay scored three times during the run while Katie Richardson and Madi McKay each added a pair of goals during the surge, and the offensive explosion was a result of the Panthers winning the majority of the draws, allowing them to set up the offense in a way they wanted to.
“I think it was really good job by our midfield getting draw control and kind of playing our game, getting down the field quickly and getting a couple of fast breaks goals on them,” Polytech head coach Lynn Richardson said. “I think that was the difference in the midfield.”
Polytech took a 12-3 lead into halftime, and its lead never dropped below eight goals in the second half as they cruised to victory over the fourth-ranked Raiders (4-1).
There were many things that hurt Ursuline against the Panthers, including the absence of starting goalkeeper Erin Davis due to illness.
“She’s a very good goalie and a senior, and she’s a leader on the team,” Raider coach Effie Barnhill said. “I don’t think our defense talked too well or communicated well. It’s the first game that we had a challenge this year. We had four games that we won by a bunch.”
Madi McKay finished with four goals an assist while Ali McKay tallied four goals and four assists for the Panthers, and Ursuline got four goals form Erin O’Doherty.