Westwood overpowers L-S in second half

WESTWOOD, Mass. — The Westwood girls lacrosse team lost nine starters from its state semi-finalist team last season, so nobody would blame the Wolverines for taking a step or two back this season.

Just don’t tell that to them.

Westwood (3-0) got multi-goal games from five different players in an early statement of a 21-11 win over Lincoln-Sudbury, at Flahive Field on Monday.

“It’s good,” said assistant coach Bryan Petillo, speaking on behalf of head coach Leslie Frank, who declined to speak with reporters following the game. “We are going to play every opponent the same way. Whoever it is that comes out we will be ready to play. It’s good to get a good win like this, but we have plenty more.”

The Wolverines showed balance all over the field, whether it was the seven-goal flurry from Sarah Biron or the 15-save performance from Mollie Brown, who helped hold the Warriors (2-1) to three goals in the second half.

It was the second half dominance of the Wolverines that ultimately won this game. The Warriors went on a four-goal flurry in the final two minutes of the first half to climb back in to the game, 10-8, before the whistle.

But the break killed the Warriors’ momentum and the Wolverines held possession for nearly seven minutes to begin the second half. The Wolverines did a good job of winning every draw to keep possession and keep momentum going in their favor to pull away.

“In the first half we weren’t really smart, we were kind of throwing it away,” said Biron. “I think we were just like now way this isn’t happening. We were going to go out there and set the tone.”

Before the Warriors could set up an offense, the Wolverines stretched the two-goal lead to a 13-8 advantage.

“If we could win the draw then maybe we would have a chance,” said Warriors’ head coach Debbie DeJesus. “But without winning the draw there was no way, especially against that team.”

Biron got a little help in the scoring column from Kate Rich, who finished with four goals of her own. But it was the work of Laura McHoul as the playmaker that separated this one. The junior midfielder finished with three goals and a lofty eight assists. She did most of her work from behind the net, and her passes were on point to several Wolverines cutting directly in front of the net.

“I like being behind the net and feeding the scorers,” said McHoul. “I’m not going to say it’s my job, but it fits.”

When L-S was able to control play, especially in the first-half flurry, it was because of the play of Maddy Acton. Acton finished with five goals and she was able to quickly turn the Warriors into a fast break team.

However, DeJesus said that is not the game plan of her team. They just took advantage of what they were given by the Westwood defense.

“The transition, the fast break was great,” DeJesus said of the first half play. “You have to take advantage of whatever the team gives you. We need to be balanced and play in all areas of the field.

“There were a lot of good things that I saw from our younger players.”