Girls Lacrosse secures playoff spot



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Plymouth’s Caitlin Swanson races for the Laconia goal during the Bobcats’ 12-1 win last Friday. Matt Perloff. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2009
PLYMOUTH — Sophomore slump? Not for the Plymouth Regional High School girls lacrosse program.

In just their second year competing at the varsity level, the Bobcats have locked up their first postseason berth, routing Laconia and Pembroke to move over .500 and lock in at least the seventh seed in the Division III state tournament.

Plymouth (6-5) hit a soft spot in their schedule at the most opportune time. Needing at least two wins in their final three games, the Bobcats faced Laconia (1-9) on Friday and Pembroke (0-9) on Monday. Plymouth finished the evening tied for sixth place, the only two teams left behind them and still in playoff contention scheduled to face each other, ensuring one will not be able to catch them.

The Bobcats' had a field day on offense in both outings. They hosted rival Laconia on Friday, shutting down the Sachems' offense and overwhelming the defense for a 12-1 win. Caitlin Swanson led the way with four goals, while Katie Cook and Ani Swanson each had two. Emily Sandy, Carly Wentzell, Nika Mosenthal and Rachel Schwarner netted a goal apiece to help fuel the win. Plymouth's defense allowed only seven shots to get through, with keeper Ashley Hogan stopping six in the win.

Plymouth's offense fired away again on the road Monday, traveling to Pembroke to top the winless Spartans, 15-4. Caitlin Swanson again had four goals, while Sandy chipped in with four of her own. Cook picked up another two goals, while Schwarner, Ani Swanson and Sara Williamson also collected goals. Jen Badylak-Reals, normally a defender, took advantage of her opportunity on offense as she also scored a goal. Hogan again made six saves as the Bobcats kept Pembroke's offense at bay.

Due to tiebreaker rules, Plymouth is ensured at least the seventh seed as they have defeated both John Stark and Derryfield, the teams vying for the final spot. The Bobcats' road to the playoffs isn't over though, as they have one more hurdle to clear and a shot at earning a higher position in the tournament. Plymouth finishes it season Thursday, hosting Merrimack Valley at 4:15 p.m., then has two weeks before tournament play begins June 4.

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