Published 9:21 am Thursday, March 15, 2018
In a nonconference game at West Stokes on March 5, Davie’s varsity girls lacrosse team came out strong, ran the offense with precision and scored early on the way to a 19-3 rout.
Davie had an 11-3 advantage by halftime. It put up 30 shots against 15 for West. Goalie TT Doulin had six saves and freshman backup goalie Hannah Roels had three saves on three shots.
“It was great to experience under pressure for Hannah at goal. She stayed strong,” coach Laura Kiricoples said.
Goals/points were scored by Sierra Foster (10), Jessie Crosby (eight), Paige Riordan (four), Jill Staley, Emery Rosenbaum and Caitlyn Sagraves.
Davie took a 2-0 record to East Forsyth for a conference matchup on March 8. Davie entered with its second-leading scorer and midfielder Jessie Crosby out due to illness. After scoring an early goal, Davie scoring leader Sierra Foster was injured on a pushing play and came up limping with a hamstring strain.
The result was an 11-6 defeat.
“Those key players out or hampered put us behind the eight ball early on and we had to change the offense to replace those roles,” coach Marjorie Foster said. “It didn’t help that the game was extremely rough and often violent.”
Davie was down 8-4 at the half but still very much in the game. Davie’s defense held East to just six shots in the second half. Doulin had eight saves on 19 shot attempts.
“Our defense of Morgan Athey, Morgan Flores, Alexis Dulin and Mallory Smith played solid all night along with middies Jill Staley, Paige Riordan and Katie Trader,” Kiricoples said. “Numerous injuries occurred in the rough game.”
Davie’s points scored were Staley (six), Foster (three) and Riordan (one).
Davie had its first home game in the new War Eagle Stadium the following day against St. Stephens. The War Eagles rolled 15-4.
“With injuries to Doulin (wrist), midfielder/attackers Foster (hamstring) and Crosby (illness), we had no idea what to expect for these girls,” Foster said. “We had to alter our defense and middies to keep Sierra and Jessie from having to run as much as usual and asked Trader and Claire Smith to fill the roles.”
After a slow start due to unfamiliar roles and assignments, Davie led 4-2 at the half. The War Eagles found their rhythm in the second and pulled away. Davie had 36 shots on goal to just 10 for the Indians and controlled 12 of 21 draws.
Doulin had three saves before being pulled due to her wrist for goalie Hannah Roels. Davie’s points came from Riordan (eight), Crosby (five), Staley (three) and Foster (three) to take their record to 3-1 overall.
Captains for the varsity are Jill Staley, Sierra Foster (offensive), and Morgan Athey (defensive).
The young and inexperienced Davie JV faced its first battle of the season on March 8 at East Forsyth. Davie stunned East as it raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Katie Walton and Presley Jones with an assist from Walton. It didn’t take long, however, for the experience of East to show as it settled into the game and led 7-2 at the half. Davie continued to fight before falling 12-2.
“Coach Foster and I were impressed with all the girls during their first experience at this new game,” Kiricoples said. “The JV has four girls with some playing time last year and 14 rookies. Walton, Jones, Natalie Folsom and Haley Lyons handled the ball well. Lyons had several draw controls and shots. The defensive team of Lauryn Yountz, Michaela Robbins, Calista Turcios and Hailee Stanley really improved. We could see them figuring out where to be and how to make the adjustments.”
Freshman goalie Roels faced 18 shots on goal with six saves in her first outing.
Captains for the game were Walton, Folsom and Turcios.