TOWAMENCIN — The North Penn girls lacrosse team used a public display of affection that the private school Gwynedd Mercy girls were not too fond of on Friday. But that's the way the Maidens approach every game and the non-league contest against the Monarchs was no different.
The small school hung in there, but the Maidens came away with a hard-fought 11-5 win.
Luckily no severe injuries to the Monarchs side, just a few turf burns, and a bad taste in their mouth. Morgan Meehan's second goal pushed the score to 6-5 mid second half, but that was as close as they got.
The Maidens scored the final five goals, two coming from Kara Imes. With the challenging non-league game out of the way, the Monarchs are looking ahead to a difficult week in the Catholic Academies League.
"We did everything we wanted to considering the match-up,"' Monarchs coach Deb Lawlor said. "Considering the lack of turf and the hits the kids had to take, kudos to my group. We had some young kids in there doing the right things. We just missed a cage a bunch a times, but we never let down."
The first of the five unanswered goals came from junior Emily Schulze. It was her third of the afternoon, the two other scores coming to start the scoring in the first and second half. Senior Kaitlyn Suzuki also had a hattrick in the win, including a goal with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
"We go hard every game, like we are playing a number one seed," Schulze said. "Whenever we get close-in a fire comes up in me and I want to go hard to goal. If I score one it gets the team pumped up. We kept pressure on them and did a good job."
Suzuki's goal before the break was big, but the Monarchs were hoping the save by senior Claire Lacon with five seconds left in the first half would fire up the underdogs. Lacon made several saves and the Monarchs managed past a few miscues, but they just did not have enough to one-up the Maidens' offensive fire power.
"We went in strong, it was a new surface, and it took us a little time to adjust," Lacon said. "We were in it the entire time and we just lost it at the end. There are 1,400 girls in their class and there is not even 400 girls in our entire school, but we did not let it faze us."
"Claire Lacon in goal was marvelous," Lawlor said. "She is happy, we are happy, and we rallied around her. We just had a couple missed opportunities, getting the ball in the eight out."
The Maidens made sure to show the Monarchs their aggressive style and three girls knew all about it, as three players transferred from North Penn to Gwynedd Mercy this season. The familiar faces just added a little fuel to the festivities on a Friday afternoon. Now the Maidens too turn their attention back to conference play.
"Three girls transferred to Gwynedd and that got us fired up," Schulze said. "We were ready to go. We have a connection off the field and we have brought it on to the field. We are getting better everyday."
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