BYFIELD — Triton’s varsity girls lacrosse team suffered a tough defeat yesterday at the hands of the Manchester Essex, losing 18-8 to end the Vikings’ three-game winning streak.
The game began jarringly for the Vikings, with the Hornets scoring three goals in quick succession after Triton goalie Emma Cashman blocked their initial offensive attempt.
Down three, the Vikings rallied and pushed the ball back up the field, only for a deflected shot on goal and a missed pass to be recovered and given to Manchester Essex’s Jenny Cochand. But a slick defensive circle kept the Hornets at bay long enough for Triton to scoop up the ball and charge.
Triton picked up its first goal shortly after, with junior Nikki Sullivan catching a pass from across the field and sending the ball into the net to put the Vikings on the board.
The end of the first half saw both teams doubling down on offense: Each jump and foul was met with a scrum, with players on both sides scrambling and smashing together for the ball. Junior Kaitlyn Muldowney scored a goal for Triton and assisted junior Sarah Ganzenmuller on another.
Unfortunately, a flurry of Hornet goals on the other end widened the score gap further, and by halftime the Vikings found themselves down 8-4.
Things didn’t improve a whole lot early in the second half, as the Triton defense was repeatedly beaten by behind-the-net-plays and unrelenting pressure from the Hornets. Star attackers Brittany Smith and Taylor Meek headed up the Hornet offense with 7 and 5 goals respectively, Meek adding in 4 assists as well.
Sullivan and Muldowney led their team with 3 and 2 goals, with Muldowney scoring an assist as well.
After the game, Triton Coach Stacey Beaulieu put a positive face on the loss.
“They just had better sticks than us. Today we couldn’t connect,” Beaulieu said. “But there’s no panic in this team. I have a great squad, and we’re going to win a lot of games this year. We’ve just got to stay on track and stay positive, and keep working in the right direction.”