BRUNSWICK – The Brunswick girls’ lacrosse team didn’t go out and try to to get redemption against rival Mt. Ararat Saturday. It just went out and played lacrosse. As a result, the top-ranked Dragons took care of business and defeated the No. 5 Eagles 9-5 to advance to the Eastern Class A Final.
“In this game we decided we needed to forget the past and not dwell on it because it will make us to nervous,” said Brunswick’s Anne Kelly, alluding to a 10-9 home loss to the Eagles May 24. “We decided this is any (other) team and let’s play a game of lacrosse. It wasn’t about Mt. Ararat and I think that was very helpful to us.”
Mt. Ararat coach Sam Chard saw a different Brunswick team this time around.
“They showed a lot more emotion,” Chard said. “Brunswick played with a lot more heart today, the first time we beat them, they took it to heart.”
Dakota Foster got the game’s first goal to give Brunswick the 1-0 lead 1:51 into the game. Kelly put the Dragons up 2-0 at the 7:14 mark.
“We emphasized the game had to be won in the midfield,” said Brunswick coach Beth Caputi. “We battled to get the ball back in which Jen Machin did an outstanding job from the get go.”
The Eagles battle back with two goals in a 27-second span. Julia Edgerton found Haley Michaud at the 12:05 mark and Rowley Jones tied the contest up at the 12:32 mark.
Brunswick would regain the lead when Kelly notched her second goal of the game.
The Eagles mounted another two goal outburst to take a 4-3 lead heading into halftime. Sara Berry tied the contest up with 2:09 remaining in the half and Carly Raymond scored with 23 ticks left on the clock.
Brunswick took control in the second half. Caroline Wild opened the second half scoring for the Dragons at the 5:16 mark. Foster completed the hat trick with two straight goals at the 10:19 mark and 12:08 mark, assisted by Corrinne O’Connor.
“We gave them a more of a license to go to the goal,” Caputi said. “We took 14 shots in the second half and we only had eight in the first half. I let the girls run the game today to be honest with you.”
Kelly completed her hat trick to give Brunswick the 7-4 lead at the 17:14 mark of the second half.
“We realized we needed to shoot more often and we needed to score more often,” said Kelly, about halftime adjustments. “We needed to put a lot more pressure on them.”
Cat Johnson would score Mt. Ararat’s last goal of the season with 5:09 to play.
“Our offense was a little slow today,” said Chard. “We weren’t looking for the opportunities like we did like the second time we played them.
O’Connor scored her first goal and Wild notched her second goal of the half to round out the scoring for Brunswick in the final minutes.
Molly Herman made 11 saves in net for Brunswick and Bailey Sullivan stopped eight shots
“Bailey played the game of her life today,” Chard added. “It’s to bad we couldn’t (capitalize) on the other end of it. She did the stopping, but we got to be able to score.”
Brunswick will face No. 5 Cheverus (9-5) in the regional final Wednesday (time tba) for the right to be the East representative in the Class A state final Saturday at 3 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The teams didn’t meet this year. Last spring, the Dragons handled the Stags, 14-3, in the regional final.