Ipswich U15 Girls played two games on Sunday, first on the field versus Pentucket and second on the field against North Reading. The theme of the day was distributed offense and incredible team defense. In the first half of the first game, eight Ipswich girls scored goals. and nearly an equal number with assists. In the second game six players from Ipswich had double digits in goals, with Sarah Lombard owning a hat trick. Haily O'Connor and Riley Daily owned draw controls throughout the day while Annie Gillis cranked up the tempo with whirlwind fast breaks. Natasha Spinhirn found the back of the net and Ava Doran handed off an assist.
Lilly Sheridan, Bryn Weaver and Kailey O'Keefe powered the offense in the first game, While Cayla Greenleaf drove to the net successfully on multiple occasions.
Ipswich's strong offense was matched by our defense anchored by Sam Orroth, Amelia Krouse, Elise Morrow and Haven Bromby. Ava Vitale and Tamenech Menenghini scooped up multiple ground balls to gain possession in both the offensive and defensive ends of both games. Ali Moulton covered our goal for successive games and held our opponents to low single digits. Not only did Ali have a strong save percentage for the day, she cause multiple turnovers and gathered in multiple ground balls. We very much depend on her leadership and voice in the defensive end.
U9 Ipswich Girls 5/1 Game Recap vs. Newburyport
Even the May Day cold and rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the Girls U9 Lacrosse Team at home against Newburyport. In the first half Allie Wile scored four goals for the Ipswich Tigers, with the help of excellent cutting and passing from Abby Allen, Lily York and Reid Johnson.
Ipswich goalie Lyla Greenleaf allowed only one goal first half from Newburyport who squeezed in at the crease, while goalie Camilla Capobianco kept them to two goals in the second half. Steadfast goaltending from Newburyport in the second half held the Lady Tigers to two goals from Lucy Donahue, one from Lyla Greenleaf, and two more from Allie Wile.
Throughout the game Isabelle Garry showcased her trademark speed in the midfield, while Lily Cummins worked to cut around the cage. Isabelle Tereso, Marlee LeStage, Lia Dillon and Evie Bernard fought for ground balls and worked to transition from offense to defense, while Hazel Donovan remained steadfast on defense.
Most improved goes to first year player Hadley Blaisdell, who played unswerving man-on-man defense against Newburyport's strongest player. One parent was overheard saying, "She was like a dog with a bone!" It is this kind of individual effort coupled with team play that has forged Ipswich's undefeated season and that makes them so exciting to watch!
U11 BOYS - BLACK
Early on Sunday morning, the Ipswich U11 Boys Black Team fought hard to continue their undefeated season, but unfortunately came up 3 goals short in their away game against North Reading, with a final score of 12-15.
After a strong start by Ipswich, the quick North Reading team pulled some strong plays together and proved difficult to keep up with. The Ipswich Offensive side of the field was managed well by attackmen Brody Bicknell, David Keefe, and Zane Norton, with 2 goals delivered by Keefe, and a goal and an assist secured by Norton. The defensive moves provided by Tynan Moses, Ben Dillon, and Lucas DeStefano helped hold back many of the goal attempts by the North Reading Green, with Moses also delivering an assist.
Hayden Fowler led the Middies in scoring with 4 goals contributing to the Ipswich effort. Fellow Middies Nate Baise and Braeden Bromby delivered a goal each, Jayson Clapp and Spencer McDavitt each powered through two assists and a goal, and Simon Gosh provided one goal and one assist toward the game total. The goaltending of Harrison Hildebrand was solid as he held back many of the powerful shots that North Reading delivered his way.
The team will be preparing this week for their next game on Sunday against Pentucket.