After starting the season with eight straight losses, the Marblehead High girls lacrosse team (2-5 in the Northeastern Conference, 2-8 overall) finally broke into the win column, and they did it in style, beating Salem going away, 15-2, on April 27. They shut out the Witches in the first half, 12-0.
The Marblehead girls then upended host Saugus on April 28, 16-2, to secure their second straight triumph. It was 11-1 at the break.
Earlier in the week, coach Annie Madden’s crew dropped a most competitive game to Masco, 11-9, while showing signs they were beginning to turn the corner in a positive direction.
Against Salem, Sydney Langton (3 goals, 1 assist, 1 groundball, 1 interception, 1 draw control) and Lucy Wales (3 goals, 2 assists, 1 groundball) paced the offensive attack, along with Ramona Gillett, who had four goals, one groundball, one caused turnover and six draw controls.
Gretchen Smith (1 goal, 1 groundball), Maddie Forbes (2 goals, 3 assists, 2 groundballs), Cassidy Lubeck (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 groundball) and Sydney Shull (1 goal) also contributed to the winning offense. Goalie Addie Lydon made three saves, and was credited with one interception.
The Magicians carried that winning momentum over to the Saugus clash. Langton (3 goals, 3 groundballs), Wales (3 goals, 1 groundball), Gillett (2 goals, 1 assist), Caitlin Ryan (2 goals, 1 assist) and Caroline Scroope (2 goals) were the multiple goal scorers against the Sachems.
Forbes (1 goal, 1 assist, 5 groundballs), Lubeck (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 groundball), Isabelle Ferrante (1 goal, 3 assists) and Neely Payne (1 goal) also contributed mightily to the team’s second win of the season.
Lydon did her part in goal once again with three saves and one interception.
The aforementioned win over Salem came on the heels of a close loss to host Masco, 11-9. The Chieftains were leading by three at halftime, 7-4.
Langton (3 goals, 1 groundball, 1 caused turnover, 1 interception), Wales (2 goals, 2 assists), Ferrante (1 goal, 1 assist), Smith (1 goal), Gillett (1 goal, 1 groundball), Forbes (1 goal), Kate Burns (1 assist, 1 interception) and Lubeck (1 groundball) were the contributors in the high scoring Masco game. Lydon made seven saves to keep things close.
As the second half of the season is getting underway, it appears that the Magicians are also turning the corner, and they hope the wins continue to come. They started this week against Beverly on May 1 after press deadline. Rival Danvers then follows the Panthers to town on Thursday, May 4, for another conference battle, starting at 4:30 p.m.