Northwest girls lacrosse hosted Seneca Valley on Monday in the last regular season game for both squads before the playoffs start on Wednesday. The Jags bested the Eagles 15-9, but the game was a good tune-up for both teams. Both teams played hard in some unseasonable late afternoon heat.
The Lady Jags came into Monday with a three game losing streak and struggling to put the ball in the net, scoring only 16 goals in those three games. On Monday, the Jags had five girls scoring column, three with four goals each.
While Seneca Valley continues to struggle with a young squad, which graduated 14 seniors last year, but against the cross-town rivals the Eagles were able to score goals than in recent games.
Northwest jumped out to an early lead, and take a 9-5 lead into halftime. While Seneca Valley would continue to pressure scoring goals and cutting the lead at times. The pressure came in the form of senior attacker Alexis Davis. Davis, an All-County Honorable mention last year was the Eagles top scorer slicing and dicing for six goals in the loss.
The Jags were able to transition the ball from defense to offense very effectively, quickly moving the ball using long passes to gain entry to the attack zone, where the attacking players could work the ball to the goal.
The Jags got four goals each from freshman midfielder Julia Brock, junior attack Kelly Miller, and junior midfielder Katie Palmiere. Junior middie Madline Gerardi scored twice and senior midfielder Celeste Chung added another goal.
“We started off a little slow because of the heat,” said Northwest Head Coach Holly Johnson. “The girls just were not quite used to the heat. It went from 65 degrees to 85 degrees. As the season goes along we get better at working together and playing as a team.”
Seneca also got goals from senior midfield captain Amanda Singer, who tallied two goals, and freshman attacker Alyssa Delgadillo.
Seneca Valley Head Coach Molly Gillespie hopes senior anchored midfield of Davis, Singer and Carly Socha can continue to play well. “We have a really strong midfield, my three seniors have really improved on the midfield. They really didn’t play a lot of midfield last year, and I think they’ve really done a good job this year,” said Gillespie.
While Gillespie is aware that the team has been losing games, she is hopeful that her girls will be able to pull things together for the playoffs. “It has been tough because we’ve been losing games. Our schedule is very hard,” said Gillespie. “My senior defender Morgan Gunn has been really teaching the younger girls how to run the defense. I think we should be better defensively in the future because of her efforts.”
Both teams will begin their playoff runs on Wednesday. Northwest, who finished the regular season at 5-7 will host 3-10 Clarksburg, while 2-10 Seneca Valley will travel to 6-6 Watkins Mill.
While Northwest beat Clarksburg 12-7 on April 15, Coach Johnson does not believe that makes the task any easier. “We are excited for the playoffs,” said Coach Johnson. “We have Clarksburg, and we are rivals with them. We beat them in the regular season but that doesn’t mean that we are letting down on them. We will come out and play them hard.”
The Eagles will face a Watkins Mill team that defeated them 18-11, on April 18, but Coach Gillespie says the girls are ready for the challenge. “We lost them due to a lot of silly mistakes, dropped passes and letting them run the ball up the field. We can definitely beat them, but we have to bring our A-game. We were with them for most of the first game. We were tied at half-time and we just started to lose focus.”
Top: Northwest’s Julia Brock (5) defends a shot from Seneca Valley’s Amanda Singer (13) in Monday’s regular season finale. Northwest would win 15-9.
Next: Northwest junior Kelly Miller (6) scores in the second half of Monday’s game against Seneca Valley.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Alexis Davis (2) dodges and spins into the Northwest crease to score one of her six goals in the game, as Northwest’s Madeline Gerardi (20), Katie Kim (18) and goalie Olivia Vieira (25) attempt to stop the shot.
Next: Northwest junior Madeline Gerardi (20) drives for a shot, as Seneca’s Amanda Singer (13) defends.
Next: Seneca Valley's Amanda Singer (13) sneaks one past Northwest's goalie Olivia Vieira (25).
Next: Seneca Valley senior Alexis Davis (2) releases a shot from the slot. Davis would lead all scorers with six goals in a losing effort.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.