BRATTLEBORO -- Shannon Garrett put one hand up to her mouth and kind of blew a kiss, Italian style, to express how pleased she was with her team's execution of a new play.
"It was beautiful," said the first-year coach.
The Brattleboro Union High School girls lacrosse team scored off of it over and over during an 18-4 rout of visiting Hartford on Tuesday night.
"Our attack has been working on some new plays," said Brattleboro's Lizzie Clark, who scored a game-high five goals. "One of them is called Rock Me, where we wheel around the crease. It worked really well."
Clark needed just 5:35 to get a hat trick and give the Colonels a 3-0 advantage. Her third tally was the prettiest of all: the hosts used some short passes behind the net, with the ball moving quickly from Hannah Lynde to Clark to Alex Fellows to Lynde and then back to Clark again for a wraparound goal.
Anna Burch, Megan "Dirt" Siggins and Fellows would all beat Hartford goalie Jade Sanborn to give BUHS a 6-0 lead at the 16:34 mark. Esme Cole got the Hurricanes on the board one minute later.
"I was very happy with the way our attack executed our new plays, with our stick skills in transition, with the way our defense communicated, and how we caught all of the long passes," stated coach Garrett.
Abbie Lesure, who was dominating the draws, completed bombs to Clark and Lynde late in the first half. Lynde tallied twice, while Clark, Siggins and Cassidy Stebbins also split the pipes to give the Colonels an 11-1 lead at the break.
"Brattleboro is a defensive team," commented one of the referees during the intermission.
He had seen Kate Donovan and Siggins double Hartford's Emma Patriquin. He had seen Fellows and Stebbins trap Megan Potter. He had seen Lesure force several turnovers. And he had watched Donovan intercept a pass at midfield.
"Our defense is a cohesive unit. We got some important knockdowns and interceptions," said Gaia Uman, who played in goal for the first 25 minutes.
"We've been working on riding. Possession is key in this game," noted Siggins.
The visitors were never able to trim the margin to single digits. Stebbins, Lynde and Lesure all tallied twice for BUHS in the second half, while Clark added her fifth goal of the game.
But it was one by Joans Cancel that the hosts really wanted.
Cancel picked off a pass in the Brattleboro end and sprinted coast to coast while her teammates and coaches encouraged her from the sideline, but she was unable to finish.
That was just one of the defensive highlights for the Colonels in the second half. Goalie Marissa "Sharky" Semenovich denied Cole from in close, and the duo of Sus Strothman-Daija Germain doubled Patriquin.
Clark (5 goals), Lynde (4) and Stebbins (3) were the leading scorers for the 2-1 Colonels, who will face rival MAU today.
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