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Championship bid comes up short

Kingswood lacrosse girls fall to Plymouth in finals

CAPTAINS Erin Maguire and Megan Lander hold the Division III runner-up plaque aloft as coach Ali Cushing looks on following Kingswood's loss to Plymouth in the finals Wednesday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 08, 2011
MANCHESTER — It was the worst possible time for the Kingswood girls' lacrosse team to not play its game.

With the Division III championship on the line, the Kingswood girls struggled the entire night and played from behind the whole game, eventually dropping a 14-9 decision to Plymouth and heading home with the runner-up plaque instead of the championship hardware.

Erin Maguire tied the game at one less than three minutes in, but when Plymouth scored with 20:37 to play in the first half to take a 2-1 lead, the Bobcats never looked back.

Plymouth scored four goals in a span of two and a half minutes starting with that second goal and took a 5-1 lead. They upped the lead to 6-1 with 14:50 to go before Kelsey Rodgers got Kingswood back on the board with just under 12 minutes to go in the half.

However, Plymouth scored the next two goals to up the lead to 8-2. Lander and Presleigh Skelley scored goals in the final five minutes of the half to cut the lead to 8-4, but Plymouth tallied twice in 20 seconds in the final 1:30 to take a 10-4 lead to halftime.

Plymouth upped the lead to 12-4 and pulled to a 14-6 lead with 8:20 to go. Kingswood got goals from Rodgers, Caitlyn Brooks and Molly Gwizdala in the final 2:30, but couldn't get any closer.

Look for a full recap of the game in next week's edition.

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