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Falcon girls hold on for lacrosse win
RUMFORD -- There are two halves in girls' lacrosse and Mountain Valley certainly pulled together in the first half. However, a lack of concentration in the second half Saturday almost proved to be costly.
The Lady Falcons built up a 10-4 lead after Ayla Allen scored the eventual gamewinner 8:25 into the second period and they held on for a 10-9 win against Fryeburg. Mountain Valley beat the Raiders 8-4 last spring.
With the temperatures rising, the Falcons came out on fire by scoring the first three goals of the second half. Chelsea Bordeau, Emily Gallant and Allen each fired home unassisted goals. It was Allen’s fifth tally in the game and the bounce shot skipped past Fryeburg goalie Brittany Fox, 13 seconds after the Raiders had converted.
“Score was closer at the end than expected,” said Allen. “Team thought that when we had grabbed the big lead it would be okay, but one goal by them turned into more.”
Allen scored just nine seconds into the game, but Fryeburg’s Brenna Gerttchmar went end to end at 1:41. Later. the teams traded three goals each for a 4-4 tie. Later, Whitney Ruff assisted on an Allen goal and Mountain Valley’s Elizabeth Glover scored unassisted at 12:00.
“We had success attacking the middle,” said Allen. The Falcons had 22 shots.
The Falcons scored three goals in the final 4:50 to lead 7-4. Nicole Lavorgna scored on a Gallant assist with 2:57 left in the first half.
“We changed the flow,” said Lavorgna, regarding adjustments. “They knew which way we were going to go, so we went the other way.”
Fryeburg would get into the scoring action by scoring five unanswered goals. The majority on rushes that forced (Alexa Fryover, Abigail Day, and Makayla White) to back pedal and created one-on-one with goalie Jordan True (four saves).
Fryeburg’s Megan MacGillveay scored with 1:26 and 43 seconds remaining in the game.
“We lost our focus in second half,” said MV coach Rick White, who teaches at Lovell, located next to Fryeburg. “Team had played great in first half. But we took a couple (slashing) penalties and had to play a person down. Girls can’t be released, so we had spacing problems.”