LYNN — A strong start was all the St. Mary’s girls lacrosse team needed for a 17-9 win over Catholic Central League rival Arlington Catholic Wednesday at Manning Field.
“It was great to see us come together, settle down and play good lacrosse,” St. Mary’s coach K.C. Butt said. “That’s what we did most of the game. Unfortunately in the middle of the game we started losing draws and that was frustrating. If you don’t win the draws you don’t win the game so the lead went down a few points.”
Codi Butt led the way for the Spartans with eight goals and three assists while Mady Hentosh scored three goals with five assists. Megan Parthum scored three goals, Zoey Solomons added one goal and one assist and Makayla McGrath scored two goals with one assist. Nicole Callahan and Skylar Davis each got their first points of the season with an assist.
“They just need to continue to play the good solid team lacrosse they can play,” Butt said. “We’ve been doing that. We’re moving the ball well and we have a ton more goal scorers this year. We have a lot more assists. Our transitions down the field are good for the most part. We had a little bit of a problem with that tonight but we cleaned it up at halftime. We have good chemistry between a bunch of girls.”
The Spartans defense was also solid, led by Sherly Feliz, and Shelly and Nicole Callahan. Goalkeeper Lauren Vaccaro had eight saves.
“The defense played great,” Butt said. “I played around with the defense a little bit and got some younger girls in there. They communicated beautifully which is the big thing that I’ve been harping on them about. I have kids that are leading out there. From Sherly Feliz, Shelly Callahan and Nicole Callahan they all stepped up. It’s good to be able to have plenty of solid defenders and have them get back, talk and mark their man.”
Codi Butt started the game with a face-off win and scored on the following possession to give St. Mary’s a 1-0 lead eight seconds in.
St. Mary’s built momentum for the next 20 minutes. Hentosh finished a possession with a goal just over two minutes later and Codi Butt scored again 25 seconds later to stretch the Spartans’ lead to 3-0.
After a nice defensive play to force a turnover from Shelly Callahan, Parthum scored on the following possession to put St. Mary’s ahead 4-0. Midway through the first half, Hentosh added two more goals and Solomon and Codi Butt each scored once to put St. Mary’s ahead 8-0 with 6:35 remaining in the first half.
Arlington Catholic finally got on the board when Kylie McCarthy capitalized on a corner opportunity to cut St. Mary’s lead to 8-1.
Codi Butt responded with two quick goals but Arlington Catholic went on a run of its own in the final minutes with goals from McCarthy and Maggie Milne to cut the Spartans lead to 10-3.
With 55 seconds remaining in the first half, McGrath made a nice play breaking to the front of the net and ripped a shot that found the back of the net to put St. Mary’s ahead 11-3 before the break.
Both teams kept pace with back-and-forth goals in the second half and St. Mary’s held on to its lead. Arlington Catholic added a quick goal from Ann Venditti but St. Mary’s responded with a goal from Solomons a minute later to go ahead 12-4.
Arlington Catholic’s offense ran through McCarthy for the rest of the second half. McCarthy added four goals in the next 16 minutes but Parthum and Codi Butt each scored one goal in the span to keep the St. Mary’s lead at 14-8.
Solid defense helped St. Mary’s eat away the rest of the clock. Codi Butt added two goals in the last few minutes and McGrath added another to help close out the win for the Spartans.
St. Mary’s (5-1) has a quick turnaround with road game at Winthrop Thursday (7).