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Lady Eagles lax beat Laconia for first win


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Freshman Emily Parker gets by a Laconia defender during Gilford’s 13-7 win on April 17. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
April 24, 2012
GILFORD – The Gilford High School girls' lacrosse team is starting to enjoy playing against Lakes Region rival Laconia High School.

After winning their first-ever varsity game against Laconia last year, the Golden Eagles were back to their winning ways on April 17. Host Gilford scored early and often en route to a convincing 13-7 win over the Sachems in Division III action at the Meadows.

"After last year, having (Laconia) as our first win this year is really good," said GHS coach Jillian Egan. "We're a really young team but the girls don't take themselves out of it mentally. They stay right in it and that's what we're trying to keep up all season."

Gilford (1-3 following the win) bounced back with the big win just one day following a tough loss to Pembroke. The Eagles trailed just 10-8 at halftime in that one, and they couldn't quite come back in a 19-14 defeat against a team of comparable skill level.

"It was a little frustrating against Pembroke so it was really nice to come back out and get a win," said Egan. "The girls were all tired after yesterday's game but they were all mentally here today and it showed."

GHS wouldn't need to play from behind against Laconia, as freshman Emily Parker got the scoring going just 3:16 into the first half with a goal that gave the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Senior attacker Hannah Vachon made it 2-0 just 46 seconds later, and junior Gabi Defregger gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 19:28 left in the first as she buried a shot from close range.

Alex Harris, Cassidy Demo and Michaella Testa would also scored first-half goals for Gilford, while Vachon added two more tallies before intermission to give the Eagles a commanding 8-4 lead at the break.

Laconia wouldn't get any closer in the second half, despite Danielle Cote's game-high five goals for the Sachems. Amanda Marando scored the first goal of the second half with 18:45 to play for Gilford, and Demo and Testa scored their second of the day to later extend the lead to 11-5. Kathryn Andrews made it 12-5 with 7:51 to play, and Vachon found the back of the net 4:26 remaining for her fourth and final strike of the afternoon and the 13-7 victory.

Gilford goalkeeper Karen Clark was solid in the cage in just her second game of action. Clark made 13 saves in the win, allowing just three Laconia goals in the second half. The Eagles were paced defensively by Katherine Rice and Lindsay Hanson.

"It's just great to get that first win of the season," said Egan. "Especially after losing a close game, you want to come back right away and play well. And we see them again this season so we're looking forward to the chance to play them again."

The Eagles visit Laconia on May 17.

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