Claire Gauthier scored two of her four goals in the opening five minutes Tuesday, May 6, as the Sandwich girls’ lacrosse team jumped out to a quick start on the way to a 15-9 victory over visiting Marshfield (7-5).
Gauthier scooped a rebound in front of the MHS net four minutes into the contest and fired a shot past Ram’s goalie Lexi Iafrato. She then won the ensuing draw and charged in on Iafrato, drilling a hard overhand shot into the back of the net for a quick two-goal lead.
The Knights kept up the pressure as Beth McEntee and Lea Adams split the Marshfield defense with a move up the middle, that resulted in a goal from McEntee. Caroline McKenna then leaped over a defender and fired a shot into the net, putting the Knights up by four.
The aggressive offense by the Knights, coupled with a strong defense, had Marshfield back on their heels. But nine minutes into the game the Rams got on the scoreboard, answered quickly by McKenna, who won the draw and dodged inside drilling the MHS net.
Ten minutes into the game Gauthier collected her hat trick, but Marshfield took the draw and charged in on SHS goalie Anna Hurley making the score 6-2. Maggie Layo then bounced one into the MHS goal and then on the Knights’ next possession, Layo hit Lea Adams in front and Adams buried the ball in the back of the net.
Down the stretch Layo delivered a perfect pass from the left side to Hailee Steele, cutting inside for another Sandwich goal. McKenna completed her hat trick before the half ended when she scooped the rebound off a shot by Adams and quickly sent it sailing past Iafrato to give Sandwich a 10-4 lead at halftime.
McEntee opened the second half with a goal in the first minute off a pass from Adams. Marshfield got one back, but a takeaway by Nicole Martin and long run up the field and pass to Layo landed the Knights their 12th goal of the afternoon.
Carly Whittle then set up Adams, and Gauthier made it 14-5 with her fourth tally of the game. Marshfield turned up the pressure and got one back, but a timely scoop of a ground ball by Bella Collantro and goal put Sandwich up by nine at 15-6.
The Rams scored the next three goals, but were forced to play the final 13:07 of the game down a man, due to a penalty.
Hurley stopped 10 Marshfield shots in net for the Knights and Iafrato finished the day with 12 saves.
With the win the Knights remain undefeated in the Atlantic Coast League at 7-0. With a record of 8-4, Sandwich has six games remaining on the schedule, three of them against ACL opponents, all of which the Knights have defeated once this season. Monday, May 12, Sandwich will host non-league opponent Apponequet at 4 PM.