Blazers dominate the Gladiators in fourth straight win
Slow moments were few and far between in the Blair girls' varsity lacrosse's (4-3) victory over the Northwood Gladiators (3-3) Tuesday. Momentum was in Blair's favor almost from the onset as the Lady Blazers broke an initial 1-1 tie in the first minutes of the game with a slew of goals that brought the score to a comfortable 10-3 lead at the half.
Despite momentary lulls wherein the Gladiator offense was able to wear down and score on the Blazer defense, for the most part Blair's girls were able to maintain consistent pressure on the opposing team's half throughout the game. Blair's well-coordinated passing game and explosive, frequent shots on goal allowed players like junior Alexis Redford Maung-Maung and senior Leila Bartholet were able to rack up an impressive five points each. Goalies Jenna Kanner and Paris Parker-Loan deflected much of the heat that Northwood was able to sporadically generate at the crease as well, helping to ensure Blair's wide-margin victory.
This game marks the fourth in a row of a stretch of comfortable wins for girls' lacrosse after 14-2, 19-3 and 12-2 victories over Einstein, Kennedy and Paint Branch, respectively. They take on Springbrook next Tuesday, and while it would be easy to have a cavalier attitude heading into a game with the Blue Devils (3-2), assistant coach Diana Frey understands the importance of greeting each team with the same aggressive attitude throughout the game.
"We need to play our game strong from start to finish," she said. "Springbrook is in our division, so we're definitely not looking down on them."
That sentiment was echoed by team captain Amalia Perez, who scored the game's final goal in the last two seconds of play.
"Sometimes we play down to other teams. We had kind of a flat start, we just need to start out strong and keep it going until the end,” she said.
Midfielder Clare Singer, who had two goals on the night, spoke to the team's prospects for future games as well.
"We're hoping to win these next two division games," she said. "If we can keep this up, keep playing like this, it'd be excellent."
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