It was the type of game that seemed decided by halftime.
The Magnificat lacrosse team scored early in its game against visiting Cleveland Heights at Karnatz Family Field on April 15. It scored often. And by the end of a matchup that was sped up by a running clock, it had secured a 15-1 victory.
Ten different Blue Streaks scored in the win, led by a pair of hat tricks recorded by seniors Kendall Moriarty and Katie Connor. Sarah Rogonzinski scored two.
“Overall I think we played well as a team,” Blue Streaks coach Julie Reines said. “I think our offense worked well. I think we hustled the whole game and were able to come out on top just because we played well as a team.”
Adele Frain, Lilly Raffin, Lucy Ripepi, Kylie Coughlin, Peyton Rusher, Chrissy Krncevic and Laurel Petryk all contributed to the Blue Streaks’ (5-1) offensive outburst. In all, they outshout the overmatched Tigers (0-4) 30-7 in attempts on-net. They also accumulated eight free position shots on-goal while only turning the ball over four times.
They took a 4-0 lead after the first two minutes of regulation and carried an 11-1 lead into halftime. Up 15-1 midway through the second half, Reines was able to sprinkle in junior varsity players to finish out the contest.
In net, Haley Dunn made seven saves.
“The pace of our play can be picked up a little bit, but I think overall, this is only our sixth game, so we’ve got lots ahead of us,” Reines said. “I have a great group of seniors that really take the charge and play well together and feed off one another. It’s fun to watch them play when they really get in a rhythm.”
Cleveland Heights entered the game having allowed 56 goals in three games while scoring only three. The Blue Streaks, on the other hand, have opened the season scoring at a hot pace, totaling no fewer than nine goals in any game. For the season, they’re averaging just over 12 goals per contest.
Frain, a senior attacker and one of the team’s captains along with Moriarty and Connor, believes that the surging offense is based off of the chemistry developed by the team’s 10-woman senior class, which had experienced playing together before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of the 2020 season.
“I feel like communication is really important,” Frain said. “Passing and catching is one of the most important aspects, as well, and we have really good shooters. We’re clicking.”
Magnificat will return to Karnatz Family Field on Thursday to host Mentor, as well as its “Senior Night”, at 5 p.m. It will also host back-to-back games against Western Reserve Academy and Chagrin Falls at 5 p.m. on April 26-27.
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