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Falcon girls in lacrosse win
RUMFORD -- Kayla Pingree and Nicole Burgess each scored five goals as the Mountain Valley girls' lacrosse team pulled away in the second half for a 15-11 win against Lincoln Academy under sunny skies in the Hosmer Complex.
The action went back and forth, with the score either tied or changed sides 13 times in the first 31 minutes. Neither team had more than a one-goal lead until Pingree scored on a rush with 17:41 left to play.
''This was a highly-competitive game,'' said Pingree. ''There isn't much difference (talent wise) between Lincoln Academy and us, we both came in with two losses and it was a matter of who wanted that first win. But, we played well and the defense stepped up.''
Mountain Valley (1-2) had retied the game when Pingree scored on a penalty shot and then Burgess scored less than a minute later for an 8-7 lead with 19:19 left to play in the second half. It was actually the start of six unanswered goals for the Falcons, who led 12-7.
Pingree and Burgess (rush) each scored to lead 10-7, when an incident occurred that ultimately changed the complexion of the game. Falcon defender Abby Day was slashed on the head, with Lincoln Academy on the offensive, resulting in Kate Riley being accessed a two-minute penalty and the Eagles had to play down one player.
"I really didn't make any adjustments during halftime,"said coach Kristen Provencher . ''I was simply trying to get the girls pumped up to see who wanted it more. The skill level isn't there for us, we are young with 12 freshmen and a majority of my seniors had never picked up a stick before.''
Lincoln Academy (0-3) had taken a 7-6 lead on goals by Riley (three) and Laura Otterbein to begin the second half. The Eagles were shut out for the next 13 minutes.
Mountain Valley goalie Jordan True (16 saves) held firm, while defensemen Alexa Fryover, Stacey Roberts and Joey Buccina helped clear the zone.
''Jordan True really made some outstanding saves,'' said Provencher, whose team has a rematch against the Eagles last Thursday in Newcastle. ''It definitely helped that the game was close and then we took the lead. Playing in that type of situation gives Jordan more confidence.''
The Falcons Jessica Theriault had tied the game at 2-2 and Katie Puiia (four goals) retied it 3-3, before Fryover outlet a pass to Burgess who scored, for a 6-5 lead at halftime.
Tess Fields scored three of her four goals in the final two minutes of the game.