Bright lights: Darien girls lacrosse tops Staples for fifth win

Laverne Higgins
April 15, 2018

"I was so pumped because that's my sister", Emerson Cabrera said.

"There is a bond on this team that I have never seen in my five years of coaching", Peters said.

Freedom (8-11, 6-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conf.) also got runs via Brandi Buchanan (two hits, SB), Jade Lipsey (double, RBI), Myra Twitty (triple, walk), Morgan Maynor (hit, SB) and Logan Strong.

In goal, the duo of Ricky Bokavich and Ethan Hofert combined for five saves. "Coming into this game we wanted to come out flying, obviously". They went up by three in the first 10 minutes on two goals by Olivia Carner and one by Danielle Pavinelli, which Carner assisted on.

Megan Bunker scored three goals, Sarah Mathes chipped in a goal, Cali Schwerdtfeger handed out an assist and Albany Bloor made eight saves for Indian Creek (0-5). "We're going to be facing good goalies like here the whole time, and we need to get practice against that". Actually, the way Wilmington coach Fran Peters sees it, just one goal separated his team from the tournament berth they so desperately wanted. They came out on fire. "We knew we had to keep the ball moving and keep the pressure high".

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Taylor put the Wreckers on the board with 15:04 remaining in the half, but the Wave responded with three more tallies from Nicole Humphrey, Ashley Humphrey, and Sarah Jaques to make it an 11-1 game.

Both teams started slow in the second half, but six minutes into the third quarter, Delgado found Callahan who scored the goal to give the Falcons a 7-4 lead.

The play of Moro in the net was the main catalyst for Staples, as Darien was getting looks during that span. "Staples settled in and they played us even the rest of the way. It's much better playing against teams like that than rolling over people". Tanner was flawless through five innings in the circle and added a game-high three hits at the plate, with her courtesy runner Brittany Powell scoring twice.

Sitting in last place in the Suburban East Conference previous year with 4.6 goals per game, Worwa is looking for the offense to take a leap in 2018 with a strong attack led by junior Brady Moesenthin and improved midfield play via players like juniors Zach Bernstein and Alex Dunleavy.

The Panthers (1-8, 0-5 NWFAC) fell on Senior Night Thursday despite collecting a pair of doubles victories.

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