OXFORD — Two games in three nights for the Carman-Ainsworth girls’ lacrosse team resulted in backto back wins as the Cavs overpowered the Wildcats for a 20-6 win last Friday.
The entire game went the Cavaliers’ way as they had a comfortable lead for the majority of the time. A big reason for their success was the effort on the draws. Jennifer Smith won 14 of the 19 she was involved in, and Eva Andrews controlled 12 of the draws. Time of possession played a key role for the Cavs, and they capitalized on every second of it.
Andrews and Allia Howard led the way for Carman-Ainsworth, hitting the back of the net six times apiece. Smith and Kelsie Helton each tallied twice for the Cavs, while Shakira Wilson, LaDierdre McKinney, Mary Lenhart and Nicole Cramer each had one.
“We’ve been using these big leads to push our development level a little bit higher in preparation for the upcoming conference schedule,” said Cavaliers coach Tim Bausack. “We still have a lot of work to do so I’m encouraged that our players haven’t gotten too puffed up over the outcome of the last couple games.”
The win helps Carman-Ainsworth improve to 2-1 overall on the season. The Cavs will continue their season at home on April 11 against Father Gabriel Richard High. This will be a rematch of the only loss so far on the Carman-Ainsworth schedule.
Last Wednesday, the girls picked up their first victory of the 2011 campaign with a 16-6 slaying of the DeWitt Panthers.
For a brief moment at the beginning, the game seemed to be quite competitive. Tied 1-1 in the early minutes, Smith broke the tie, and from that point on the Cavaliers never looked back. After Smith’s goal, the Cavs rippled the net three more times in mere minutes to take a 4-1 lead.
DeWitt would break the Carman- Ainsworth scoring streak when Allison Fedewa scored to cut the Cavaliers lead in half. However, another four unanswered goals would put the Carman-Ainsworth lead seemingly out of reach for DeWitt as the Cavs took a 9-4 lead into half time.
Opening the second frame, Carman-Ainsworth scored six consecutive goals in a six minute span to bury the Panthers. DeWitt would get a couple of late tallies from Colleen Curtiss and Megan Lippert, but it was too little, too late, as the Cavs rolled on to the 16-6 win.
Although the Cavaliers put up 16 goals, only three members of the team made an appearance on the score sheet. Andrews led the way with a game high six goals. Howard trailed her with five goals, and Smith recorded five goals and two assists. Colleen Curtiss was the leading scorer for the Panthers, tallying four goals and an assist. Scoring the other two goals for DeWitt were Allison Fedewa and Megan Lippert.
“We have been talking quite a bit this week in practice about playing the game the right way, and having confidence in each other after we played poorly in our first game (a loss to Father Gabriel Richard High School)” said Bausack. “We still have quite a ways to go towards our goals, and it’s early in the season, but this was a step in the right direction and gives the girls something positive to build from.”