CHESHIRE >> Despite the loss of three starters, the Cheshire girls lacrosse team did its best to be competitive with Hall on Wednesday, including limiting the Warriors’ top attacker Alannah Boyle to only one goal. But the Warriors’ speed, combined with the Rams playing the last 15 minutes of the game down a player, eventually took their toll.
The Warriors scored the game’s final four goals, midfielder Hannah Cho scored five goals and goalie Maddy Hooper, who is committed to play at UConn, made nine saves to lead Hall to a 12-7 non-league win over host Cheshire.
Cheshire (2-1) received four yellow cards. Cheshire girls lacrosse coach Dan Warburton said when a team receives a fourth yellow card in a game it plays shorthanded the rest of the game. The Rams were also without starters Danielle Chambrelli (elbow injury), Hannah Hackett (concussion) and Emma Farrel (ineligible due to school policy according to Warburton).
“My kids played a great game, they realized they could play and be competitive with a team of Hall’s caliber,” Warburton said. “But being a man down the last 15 minutes of the game was the turning point in the game.
“We’ll learn from this game. We need to be smarter with our sticks and limit our opponents’ breakaways.”
In the first half, Boyle gave Hall a 4-1 lead with 14:03 to go. The Rams responded with three unansered goals with Olivia Larson scoring her first of three goals to tie the game at 4 with 7:44 to go. The teams traded goals for a 5-5 tie but Cho scored the final goal of the half with 1:51 left for a 6-5 halftime lead.
In the second half with Hall (3-0) leading 8-6, Larson scored with 13:56 left in the game to cut the Hall lead to 8-7. It would be the closest the Rams would get the rest of the game as Cho scored three of the Warriors’ four goals to end the game.
“During warmups our team seemed to be out of it, we were struggling,” Cho said. “But once the game started everyone stepped up. I’m so pumped up that I was able to contribute with five goals. I was just in the the right spot and shot at the right time to get those goals.”
Cheshire had three quality shots on goal the last five minutes of the game. But Hooper came up with the save each time.
“We expected a tough game from Cheshire,” Hall coach Steve Boyle said. “They’re a quality team that’s well coached with very good players, But once they got that fourth yellow card I knew we had the veteran players who could take advantage of them being a man down.
“The other important thing for us is our defense played well, especially our All-American goalie Maddy Hooper (All-American honorable mention last season). She made some big stops for us.”
Hall 12, Cheshire 7
Hall 6 6 — 12
Cheshire 5 2 — 7
Goals: (CH) Olivia Larson 3; Megan Dutchyshyn 2; Maddy Levy 1; Danielle Bellantonio 1; (HLL) Hannah Cho 5; Mackenzie Molodetz 3; Catie Gadue 2; Alannah Boyle 1; Lydia Chelli 1;
Assists: (CH) Taylor Stauffer 1; (HLL) Morgan Kennedy 1;
Saves: (CH) Alexa Carbone 6; (HLL) Maddy Hooper 9;
Shots—HLL: 18; CH: 16;
Team records—Cheshire 2-1; Hall 3-0