NORWALK — A competitive girls lacrosse game turned into a handy McMahon win over Norwalk in the Kuchta Cup game on Monday night at Jack Casagrande Field. Quite often, it was because the girl scoring a goal went back to midfield and won the draw.
Anna Makover scored five second-half goals to turn a one-goal game into a 16-6 win for the Senators.
“I grew up playing with girls on Brien McMahon and also girls on Norwalk,” said Makover, named the Senators’ game MVP.
“It’s cool to be able to play girls who were once my teammates. We always get super-excited about it. It’s great to win.”
Makover dominated draw controls for the Senators (7-5), particularly in the second half, as they outscored the Bears (3-10) 11-2 in the second half.
“We won three, maybe four draws in the second half,” Norwalk coach Lynette Martinez said. “(Makover) did a great job controlling the possession game.”
Makover scored two goals in the first three minutes of the second half, around Olivia Bartilucci’s fourth goal of the game, to give McMahon an 8-4 lead. Vickie Theodoridis got one back for the Bears, but the Senators scored the next seven.
“I think our team really pulled together. We realized our lead could definitely be more,” Makover said.
“At halftime, we talked about it and decided if we get more goals, they wouldn’t be able to come back. … We worked together, especially with ball movement.”
The teams went back and forth for seven minutes to start the game, Norwalk taking its first lead at 3-2 on a Lia L’Archevesque goal, McMahon coming right back to take it back.
The Bears dominated possession for the next 10 minutes, forcing turnovers but unable to find a clear path to the net until Norwalk’s game MVP Lily L’Archevesque’s third goal tied it.
McMahon answered two minutes later on Bartilucci’s third, coming out from behind the net to the front to put the Senators up with 5:26 left to halftime.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Anna Makover controlled faceoffs and scored six goals for McMahon.
The trophy honors the late Bob Kuchta, the “father of girls lacrosse in the City of Norwalk,” as a plaque on the side reads. Both schools honored the Kuchta family at halftime.
“The crosstown rivals, it’s so great, the spirit of it, the Kuchta Cup, everything that embodies, and we got a beautiful day for it,” McMahon coach Mary Peters said.
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It’s Martinez’s first season at Norwalk; she had been at Law.
“We’ve had some ups. We’ve had some downs,” Martinez said. “In the first half (Monday), we saw the product of that hard work. The second half, it just kind of got away from us. They come in every day. They work as hard as they can. That’s all I can ask for.”
“We made some adjustments, and the girls went out and executed. We can talk till we’re blue in the face, but if they don’t go out and do it, it’s not going to mean anything.”
—McMahon coach Mary Peters