By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/3/12
The Shoreham-Wading River girls’ lacrosse team used a dominating defensive effort in the second half to pull away from visiting Miller Place, 17-6, in a League II match-up today.
Jessica Angerman led the Wildcats’ offense with four goals and two assists and SWR (3-0) held the Panthers to just two goals in the second half – and only one in the final 21:44.
“I think our defense stepped it up,” Shoreham-Wading River head coach Mary Bergman said. “We were still sloppy in the second half, but I think they cleaned up the transition a little bit and our attack was being patient and waiting for great opportunities.
“They were getting frantic in the first half and we had a lot of missed opportunities and missed passes and our defense was missing some of the cutters.”
Alyssa Fleming was one of the stars on the defensive end with five caused turnovers and four groundballs.
Both teams had balanced scoring – the Wildcats had eight different goal scorers, led by Angerman’s four. The Panthers had four different goal scorers, led by Devin Kelly and Tiana Parrella, who had two each.
The balanced attack has been the Wildcats game plan all year long.
“Our style is just to get the ball to whoever we need to get it to score,“ Bergman said. “I literally subbed in (Heather Szymanski) who hasn’t really played at all this season and she scored a goal within 10 seconds of coming into the game. That was a great situation.”
The Panthers were able to get within 9-5 early in the second half but the Wildcats put the game away with five straight goals.
Bergman congratulated her team after the game and talked about the importance of its next game, a match up with fellow Class C team Bayport-Blue Point April 11.
“That’s a big game for us,” Bergman said. “It’s our first game against a “C” team. Any win is great for playoff power points but in Class C our goal is to beat them in season so you know that going into the playoffs you have a higher seeds.
“There’s only three seeds in the playoffs so we always say our goal is to get in as the number one seed so we can get to the county championship game without having to worry about a semifinal ahead of time.
“A win against Bayport would be great – obviously anything can happen in other games during the season -but beating another C team is the most important thing.”
Shoreham-Wading River 17, Miller Place 6
Jessica Angerman: 4 goals, 2 assists
Shannon Rosati: 3 goals, 1 assist
Lauren Lustgarten: 3 goals, 1 assist
Alyssa Pearce: 2 goals, 1 assist
Paulina Constant: 2 goals
Alex Fehmel: 1 goal, 1 assist
Meredith Bushell: 1 goal
Heather Szymanski: 1 goal
Lauren Daly: 4 saves
Tiana Parella: 2 goals, 1 assist
Devin Kelly: 2 goals, 1 assist
Kristen Ierna: 1 goal
Emily Mott: 1 goal
Chelsea Blaney: 5 saves