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Falcon girls defeated by EL lacrosse
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley girls' lacrosse team was unable to pull together in a evening game at the Hosmer Athletic Complex.
It proved to be a balanced offensive effort with Gabby LaPerriere scoring two goals and Kara Tarcrel registering a hat trick in the first half as Edward Little had a 13-4 triumph against Mountain Valley. Both teams entered the contest with identical 2-4 records and had already played similar opponents, so something had to give.
Edward Little scored the first three goals, including the first two by LaPerriere. The latter was off a pass from Maddie Williamson and less than one-minute later, Tarcrel converted a pass by LaPerriere.
"It was very important for us," said Edward Little co-coach Jessica Somers, regarding the fast start. "Getting ahead early allowed the girls to settle in and it gave them the confidence they needed."
The Lady Falcons were in dire straits until Ayla Allen scored on a the end of a 90-yard sprint down the middle of the field. The rushes became too predictable. EL goalie Julia Langean made five saves.
At the same time, Mountain Valley was received solid marks by defenders Abby Day, Alexa Fryover and Makayla White. Falcon goalie Jordan True (17 saves) was extremely busy and stopped several shots point blank.
Tarcrel scored with 26 seconds left on the clock for a 7-2 lead at halftime.
"They intercepted a lot of our passes which made it tough for us to transition to offense," said MV coach Kristen Provencher, who wanted the team to be more aggressive and go after ground balls. "We're still having some trouble catching the ball and they really capitalized on that."
Allen responded with two straight goals to trail 8-4 with 20 minutes remaining in the second half. Zayra Simard Rebecca Maifeld, Katie Puiia and Chelsea Bordeau struggled to create space.
Edward Little had a strong transition game and scored the final five goals of the game.
"My girls need to do a better job of helping each other,"said Provencher, regarding putting themselves in a position to be a passing option when their teammate has the ball. "Sometimes we pass when there is no option and that almost always results in a turnover. Our shot selection needs to improve. Also, we can't keep wasting scoring opportunities."