If the North Kingstown and East Greenwich girls lacrosse teams are going to play every game like they did Friday when the two squads faced off then it should be a great season for area lax.
The Skippers and Avengers played about as entertaining of a game as you’ll see all season – let alone in April – as EG escaped with a thrilling 13-12 victory.
“We came into this game knowing it was going to be one of our toughest matches of the year,” EG senior Marielle Kraft said. “We never underestimate any team but NK has been our rival for so many years and to come out with the first that we did was such a sight.”
North trailed 9-5 midway through the second half when a three-goal flurry in a little over two minutes of game time to make it close and NK finally tied the game at 11-all on a score from Kelsey Kraven with 2:27 left to play.
Kraft then broke the tie a few moments later but with 39 seconds to go NK junior Kelsey Freidman once again knotted the score at 12 apiece.
Kraft – who scored five goals in the game – and the Avengers would not be denied though as the senior netted the game-winner with just 23 seconds left to play.
“We had the drive where we were just one goal behind and that was stressful but it was fun,” NK junior Finley Kincaid said. “I liked the challenge of trying to get back but we couldn’t do it.”
After the game one thing became abundantly clear; each team can score in a hurry.
“We work on it a lot in practice,” said Kincaid of the offense. “We’re still getting things together, we’re recovering from losing 12 seniors from when I was a freshman but we’re working things out.”
Midway through the second half the Skippers looked out of it but thanks to their sudden burst of goals found themselves right back in the thick of the game.
“There were some really good plays,” NK coach Keith Higgins said. “We were really happy with some of the stuff out there.”
Each time North went on a run, however, EG always had the answer as Kraft scored four of her five goals after intermission.
“These guys know what they have to do,” EG coach Karen Lemont said. “They have tremendous intensity and maintaining that intensity is the key.”
Junior Caroline Cruise also had a strong day for the Avengers with three goals, sophomore Alea Robinson and senior Roxanne Comito had two each and junior Sara Beaulieu scored once.
As for the Skippers, Kincaid proved to be every bit Kraft’s equal in the scoring department and finished the game with seven goals.
Senior Alex Poirier netted four scores of her own, junior Kelsey Friedmann finished with three goals and juniors Margot Jansen, Jodie Wadovick and sophomore Ansley Ostiguy poured in one apiece.
So far the Avengers are off to a Division I-South leading 3-0 with an April 2 win over Cranston West and a 12-5 win over Prout Monday.
East Greenwich now has an extended break in its schedule as its next game will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it hosts South Kingstown.
As for the Skippers – who opened the season with an April 2 victory over SK – they will be back in action today at 6:30 p.m. when it hosts Cranston West.