The Lady Canalmen (5-0, 2-0) continued to roll past the competition with a 14-11 non-conference victory over Plymouth South on Monday, April 14.
“We saw another tough opponent in Plymouth South yesterday,” coach Jenna Burgess said. “They were a fast and physical team. Once again we had trouble stopping the fast break and during the first half we had a tough time placing our shots and could not buy a goal. It was a back-and-forth game up until the last eight minutes. We took a timeout, refocused and went back out with great determination. Shelby [Corsano] controlled the draws for us and we were able to notch a few quick goals.”
Bourne held a slim 6-5 lead at the half.
“The defense was able to hold off Plymouth South and Hannah Leach played aggressive in net and was able to break up some key plays,” Burgess said. “I can’t say enough about the effort these girls put into this game and all of our games so far. They never give up and I can count on all of them to give me 100 percent. Everyone on the team is able to contribute and all of our games have truly been team wins. Our defense has been so strong because the girls can count on each other. On the offensive side of the ball, the girls just have that chemistry and always seem to know where each other are. One of our biggest strengths is that all the girls can go to the net and score. Monday, they double- and triple-teamed Shelby but we were still successful because everyone else out there can score too.”
Corsano led the scoring for BHS with five goals. Sierra Powers had a hat trick and Chloe Bass added two goals. Holly Weddell, Ali Achstetter, Tess McCabe and Miranda Partosan each added one.
On Friday the Lady Canalmen squared off against Old Rochester.
“We faced a much improved ORR team on Friday,” coach Burgess said. “The girls went into the game a little too relaxed; they had great success against ORR in the past seasons and were a little caught off guard on how much they had improved. They were certainly our toughest opponent so far this season.”
Old Rochester was undefeated at 3-0 before meeting the Lady Canalmen. Bourne held a slim 9-7 lead at the half.
“ORR did not give up at all and made us fight to the very end,” Burgess said. “Our offense did a great job late in the second half of slowing down the game. They had great patience on offense, moved the ball well and ate a lot of time off the clock. They played smart lacrosse and that was the difference in the game.”
Corsano, Weddell and McCabe each had a hat trick, while Achstetter, Natalia Gordon and Powers all had two goals. Chloe Bass rounded out the scoring with one goal.
“Shelby Corsano and Ali Achstetter did a great job leading the offense and setting the pace for the younger girls,” Burgess said. “Shelby continued to win the draws and our midfielders were doing a nice job of staying wide and giving her a great option pass. Chloe Bass, Sierra Powers, Natalia Gordon, Holly Weddell and Tess McCabe had some great passing chemistry. Our defense had their hands full this game. ORR had one player in particular that was able to take the ball down the field and blow past everyone. She [Bailey Truesdale] had eight goals and we could not find a way to slow her down. Kieran Jones, Alex Nickerson, Morgan Callahan and Molly Powers played great defense, but we had some trouble getting the ball up the field. ORR did a great job of double-teaming us at midfield and that forced turnovers. Our defense was constantly being challenged and did not have a lot of recovery time. We have some keys things to work on as a team but overall the girls did not give up and played tough to the end. I am very happy with the end result. They deserved this win.”
In five games this season the high-powered Lady Canalmen offense has scored 81 goals.
The Lady Canalmen travel to Apponequet Monday, April 21, for a 10:30 AM game.