BRATTLEBORO -- Hannah Lynde racked up four goals and two assists, Cassidy Stebbins had a hat trick in the second half, and the Colonels girls lacrosse team took a 13-7 win over Rutland, Tuesday night on Natowich Field.
"Rutland is a quality team," said BUHS coach Shannon Garrett, whose team improves to 4-1. "It was a big one for us, but we've yet to face a ton of tough competition. That comes later in our season."
One of those teams should be Burr and Burton, who have won their last five straight. The Colonels will play at Applejack Field against them on Friday at 5:30.
Brattleboro attackers Alex Fellows and Lizzie Clark applied pressure early on, pushing Rutland back to break up their defense and take early bids. The two were just getting warmed up.
After seeing the damage her teammates were attempting, Lynde found a way inside and scored back-to-back goals, striking first less than four minutes in, followed up by a make at the 15:00 mark.
"We had Lynde in the circle for draw control possession which turned out to be a great decision," said Garrett. "She had phenomenal control as far as transitions went. Lynde has wonderful composure. She's just a smart player."
Fellows had her lone goal with an assist from middie Anna Burch, who would later score on a penalty. A contribution from Clark late in the first half took the hosts to a 6-2 advantage at the break.
Marina Rotella did most of the offensive work for the Raiders, scoring twice before the half and adding three more in the second. Between Rotella's first two burials, Brattleboro's Abbie Lesure came down field and dashed in from the left wing to get it past the Raiders goalie with an overhand shot to keep the home squad slightly ahead.
Colonels netminders Gaia Uman and Marissa Semenovich made critical stops as Rutland countered, and only lost sight a few times when traffic got heavy in the zone. "Sharky" Semenovich dug down extra hard in the second half as Rutland barreled back to within four, after goals from Logan Boye and Rotella. Uman had three saves in the first and Semenovich made five in the second.
Former girls varsity lacrosse head coach Maud Lonergan began watching the game from the bleachers but would eventually make her way down to the field. "You've got to watch out for Rutland," she said, at halftime. "They can turn it on in the second-half."
Lonergan was right. The Raiders came back at the Colonels in the second with their energy-levels redlining, but the team's efforts seemed misplaced. They had a lot to be frustrated about.
"Rutland's a really physical team, but you could see them start to break down," said Garrett. "They fell apart."
Stebbins scored on her first possession, Semenovich went back to work with a refreshed defense in front of her, and Lynde scored her third goal after a delivery from Lesure.
Kate Donovan, Meghan Kinsman, Haley George, and Bre Sheehan all had ground ball wins and a couple interceptions that would pay dividends for Brattleboro. Effective hustle from Clark brought Lynde back into the scoring fold, and she'd give the Colonels a 9-4 lead before Stebbins and Megan Siggins (two goals, one assist) piled a few more onto the board. Shannon Mead and Rotella each scored another goal for the Raiders.
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