PEABODY — The St. Mary’s girls lacrosse team fell behind early in the first half Monday, but the Spartans flipped the switch and ended up rolling to a 15-8 win over Catholic Central League rival Bishop Fenwick at Steven Donaldson Stadium. Codi Butt led the way for the Spartans with eight goals and three assists, scoring her 300th career goal in the process.
“From what I understand, we don’t think that’s been achieved by anyone else in school history,” said St. Mary’s coach K.C. Butt. “She’s worked really hard to get to this point and she’s been having a really strong season.”
Mady Hentosh had two goals and four assists for the Spartans, while Makayla McGrath had two goals and two assists and Megan Parthum had two goals. Molly Cummings scored one goal, while Kelsey Sullivan had one assist. Goalie Lauren Vaccaro also played very well in net.
“Our defense was fantastic and Lauren was really strong in net,” said K.C. Butt. “We were communicating really well on that end, and once we started winning ground balls we were able to really push things on offense.”
For Fenwick, Cailyn Wesley led the way with four goals. Hanna Goudreau added two goals in the loss, while Brynn Bertucci and Eve Watson each scored one goal.
“We started the game exactly how we wanted to and we were clicking on all cylinders,” said Fenwick coach Joel McKenna. “But then St. Mary’s made some great adjustments that really took us off of our game. They have a lot of talented players and once they get rolling, you have to try to match them. Usually we’re pretty good with that, but today we couldn’t seem to do it.”
Fenwick came out hot, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of action (one from Goodreau and one from Wesley) and pushing the pace of play. Butt got the Spartans on the board with a goal to make it 2-1, but then Wesley scored back-to-back goals for Fenwick to push the lead to 4-1.
That’s when things turned.
St. Mary’s responded by outscoring Fenwick 8-1 for the rest of the first half. The Spartans scored five goals in a row (one each from Hentosh, Butt, Cummings, Parthum and McGrath) to go from down 4-1 to up 6-4 in a matter of five minutes. Goodreau momentarily stopped the run with a goal of her own to make it 6-5, but the Spartans went on to close the half with three goals in the final two minutes (two from Butt and one from McGrath) to take a 9-5 lead into halftime.
That momentum carried over into the second half for St. Mary’s, who scored the first five goals of the second half to effectively put the game away at 14-5. Butt scored three of those goals, while Parthum and Hentosh added one each.
Bertucci, Wesley and Watson each scored in the final six minutes of play to get Fenwick a little closer, but after one final goal from Butt the Spartans were able to coast to victory.
The Crusaders now stand at 6-7 on the year and need three wins in their final five games to earn a spot in the state tournament. Fenwick will host Peabody Wednesday (4).
“We’ve got a lot of confidence and we’ve had a great season, so we’re just going to circle back to the things we’ve been doing all year and try to make a push for the tournament,” McKenna said.
St. Mary’s (13-2) is looking to continue its strong play down the stretch as it looks to lock up a top seed in the tournament. The Spartans will play against Salem Wednesday (7).
“We obviously want to win all four games down the stretch, but we’re really focused on winning at least two of them,” K.C. Butt said. “We might not look like the prototypical lacrosse team, but these girls can really play and I think we’re really going to surprise some people.”