Girls lacrosse

Kent tops host Gun­ston 13-8

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Spurred on by five goals apiece from se­niors Ha­ley Wil­liams and Caro­line MacLeod, Kent County ral­lied from an early two-goal deficit to de­feat host Gun­ston, 13-8, in girls lacrosse Mon­day. The Tro­jans (4-4) won for the sec­ond time in as many games, reach­ing .500 for the first time this sea­son. Cas­sidy Braver, Sella Con­ner and Kate Ervin each contributed one goal for the win­ners. Braver, Con­ner, An­nie Page Brocker and Julie Mac­chione were cred­ited with as­sists. An­nie Squires South­worth went the dis­tance in the cage. She was es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive in shut­ting down Gun­ston on shots taken from close range, ac­cord­ing to Kent coach John An­drew McCown. South­worth be­gan the sea­son as the Tro­jans’ sec­ond-string goalie, but was pressed into duty April 11 when three-year starter Ali­son Rameika suf­fered a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment late in the first half against Stephen De­catur. Kent closed Mon­day’s game on a 7-2 run, af­ter Gun­ston had tied it at 5-all and 6-all. “We at­tacked the goal and dom­i­nated the mid­field pos­ses­sion,” McCown said. “I’m very proud of how these girls have stayed pos­i­tive all sea­son. They have grown to sup­port each other in ways I didn’t ex­pect. These ladies are loyal and brave to the bit­ter end.” On Fri­day, Kent soundly de­feated Wi­comico, 13-2, build­ing a 7-0 first-half lead on scor­ing from six play­ers. The fi­nal count was Wil­liams with four goals, Lisa

Robin­son and Megan Speak­man with two goals apiece, and Braver, Lily Nuse and Olivia Jones each with one goal. Jones dented the score­board with only a minute elapsed to give the Tro­jans a lead they never lost. Wil­liams scored back-to-back in the span of 37 sec­onds; her sec­ond goal, with 7 min­utes, 20 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first half, made it 3-0 and held up as the win­ning goal. Taiyana Golds­bor­ough, Nuse, Braver and Speak­man also found the back of the net in the first half. In keep­ing the vis­i­tors off the score­board in the first half, South­worth was re­quired to make only one save. Jessica Greene fi­nally broke through for WiHi with 2:27 elapsed in the sec­ond half. She scored again 65 sec­onds later on a freep­o­si­tion shot. South­worth pitched a shutout over the fi­nal 21:28. Kent had de­feated Wi­comico in a scrim­mage last month, 13-1, so McCown knew go­ing in that this game had the po­ten­tial of be­ing lop­sided. That’s why he flip-flopped the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive play­ers, and made sure the re­serves logged lots of min­utes.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Wi­comico’s Jessica Greene goes over the head of Kent County fresh­man Sella Con­ner in a bat­tle for the draw con­trol Fri­day. The scrappy Con­ner, who stands about 5 feet tall, came up with the ball for the Tro­jans, who won hand­ily, 13-2.

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