Gould Academy 17
The Hyde Women’s Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to Bethel, Maine on Saturday afternoon to take on MAISAD powerhouse Gould Academy in their first matchup of the season. The Hyde team started off flat, and after senior Laughlynn Bragg found the back of the net first, the Phoenix saw Gould go on a 6-0 run. After a timeout and a defensive overhaul the Phoenix kicked it into gear, finding their rhythm and scoring five more goals before the end of the half. Hyde went into halftime down 6-9. Bragg had three goals in the first half and Shannon Ward, Amy Ginsberg and Carolyn Moore had one apiece. This was a big game for Ward, who transitioned the ball from one end of the field to the other with ease, and scooped up 7 ground balls. Ginsberg had 5 ground balls and Moore collected 4. This triad of underclassmen led the team on Saturday with their grit and determination. Goals in the second half were scored by Ginsberg, Ward, Moore, and senior Zaji Lieberman, whose leadership and energy on both ends of the field has not gone unnoticed this season. Other noteworthy players in this game were newcomer Julia Jackson and senior MengMeng Zhang, who were contributors on defense, as well as Raquel Glassner who has also started to show her stuff on attack, picking up a ground ball and becoming a more consistent part of the offensive rotation. This is a big week of MAISAD competition for the Lady Phoenix, who will take on Kent’s Hill on Wednesday and Hebron Academy on Saturday. Hyde fell to Kent’s Hill 8-10 in their first game this season, and the team is looking forward to their chance at redemption.