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NARRAGANSETTâ€”Last spring the Narragansett girls lacrosse team had a tremendous season â€“ going 12-2 in the regular season â€“ but fell just short of making the Division II Championship after a semifinal loss to Tiverton.
Now in Division III, the Mariners are looking like they have what it takes to make it to the championship.
â€śWeâ€™re going pretty strong,â€ť senior captain Chandler Lemay said. â€śItâ€™s a little fallback from last year being in D-II but weâ€™re still trying our hardest this year.â€ť
Wednesday â€™Gansett (8-0, 5-0 Division III-South) kept its strong play going with an 18-6 rout of the Burrillville-North Smithfield (Northern) Co-op.
â€śItâ€™s been a very good start in Division III,â€ť Narragansett coach Mark Lubic said. â€śIâ€™m very happy with the progress the players have made and theyâ€™re
playing to a standard that theyâ€™re trying to hold to. Every day we just look to get a little better here and there.â€ť
The Mariners wasted very little time in putting away the winless co-op as sophomore Abby McKanna scored twice in the first two minutes of the game.
Less than two and a half minutes later junior Emily McGreen, sophomore Brooke McGreen and sophomore Eily Sullivan each scored one goal apiece before Northern finally got on the scoreboard with 20:19 remaining in the half.
â€śWe always say in the beginning hustle our butts off and overall just have fun,â€ť Lemay said. â€śIn the first five minutes we have to hustle to every single ground ball and get every single draw.â€ť
It only got worse for the visitors from the north from there as the Mariners built an insurmountable 14-3 lead by halftime.
Offensively the Mariners did just about whatever they wanted with McKanna and sophomore Carly Timpson winning most of the draws and a bevy of capable finishers putting the ball in the net soon after.
â€śWe try to run some stuff and weâ€™ll basically run our offense according to what the defense will give us,â€ť Lubic said. â€śIf the defense gives us high pressure then weâ€™ll run isolation plays; if they give us a certain other thing then weâ€™ll look to run some set plays and some other stuff.
â€śThe kids work really hard on their stick skills and [because of it] weâ€™re [able] to do these things.â€ť
Brooke McGreen led a very balanced Narragansett scoring attack with four goals, while Sullivan and Lemay finished with three apiece.
Emily McGreen and McKanna chipped in with two goals each, while senior Jess Trautman, junior Kara Heatherton, sophomore Sarah Lubic and Timpson each scored once.
After Wednesdayâ€™s win the Mariners will have a busy next few days beginning today at 3:30 p.m. with a matchup with Smithfield at Deerfield Park.
Narragansett will then travel to North Providence for a 1 p.m. start Sunday and have a quick turnaround against Scituate at home Monday 4 p.m.
After three days off, the Mariners will wrap up the week at home with a rematch from the season opener against Chariho on Friday, May 3 at 3:45 p.m.