AVON LAKE — Molly Maloney did everything she could to keep Avon Lake’s girls lacrosse team in the game Monday, but in the end, Brecksville was just too much to handle.
Brecksville scored six unanswered goals in a 14-minute span to pull away for a 9-6 win.
Maloney, a co-captain and one of seven seniors for Avon Lake, scored the Shoregals’ final three goals to pull her team to within two with 9:56 to play. It was as close as Avon Lake could come to a comeback.
“Playing attack, I get a lot of scoring chances and the other girls were putting me in good positions and making it easy for me,” Maloney said. “We were able to move the ball around the 8-meter arc and get into a rhythm for a while.”
Avon Lake fell to 1-2, while Brecksville improved to 2-4.
A pair of freshmen, Megan Twyman and Kerry Gray, scored goals 53 seconds apart to give Avon Lake a 2-0 lead that forced the Bees to make some midgame adjustments.
“I didn’t think we were moving the ball enough early in the game so we started having our attacks cut in from the wings and our middies did a good job of setting up some isolation plays to get good shots,” Brecksville coach Kyle Drypolcher said. “Our defense also picked up the pressure and started to force some turnovers.”
The Bees didn’t score for the first 14:46, then senior Rebecca Wolfe found the back of the net. Brecksville took the lead with 3:30 to play in the first half when Kristen Belisario scored the first of her game-high four goals.
“We have a lot of girls who want to do everything themselves but tonight we really played as a team,” said Belisario, a junior midfielder.
“I think we came in tonight thinking it might be an easy game but then all of a sudden we found ourselves down two goals and we really had to pick up the intensity.”
Without the play of goalkeeper Claire Ferrell, the Shoregals would have found themselves down more than 4-2 at the half. Ferrell made eight of her 13 saves in the first half, many of which came on wide-open shots in front of the goal circle.
Avon Lake took advantage of Brecksville fouls, scoring three times on 8-meter free positions. Maloney’s final goal came with the Shoregals having a one-person advantage after Wolfe was temporarily sent off the field with a yellow card.
In the end it was the little things, coupled with a lack of depth, that doomed Avon Lake.
“Conditioning killed us tonight,” Avon Lake coach Darci Gervasie said. “We’re young and don’t have as much depth as we would like to have. We also have to do a better job of picking up ground balls.”
“Molly was being face-guarded and had four girls dropping on her every time she touched the ball,” Gervasie added. “When she’s being guarded like that she’s forced to pass off the ball and then it’s a matter of our younger players gaining experience and being able to finish.”
Senior Rachel Drapcho scored her only goal on an 8-meter free position with 20:19 remaining in the game.
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Brecksville 9, Avon Lake 6
Brecksville 4 5 — 9
Avon Lake 2 4 — 6
Goals: (B) Kristen Belisario 4, Halle Kotchman 2, Ellen Falko 2, Rebecca Wolfe; (AL) Molly Maloney 3, Kerry Gray, Megan Twyman, Rachel Drapcho.
Goalkeepers: (B) Karli Ring 6 saves; (AL) Claire Ferrell 13 saves.