The Wellington High School girls varsity lacrosse team fell to St. Andrew’s School 14-9 on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Wellington.
Though the Lady Wolverines made several big plays, the Lady Scots jumped out to an early lead in the first period and kept up the pressure to stay ahead.
The Lady Scots dominated early on, scoring twice as many goals in the opening of the first period as Wellington. With 14:20 left in the first half, St. Andrew’s was up 6-2.
But Kathleen Gerrits nabbed the ball on the next play and drove it up the center to put in a goal and make the score 6-3.
Both teams battled for several minutes over ball control on the next play, but it was the St. Andrew’s team that gained the advantage and put away the ball to extend their lead to 7-3 with 10:26 remaining in the half. The Lady Scots scored again about five minutes later, making the score 8-3.
But Wellington wasn’t going down without a fight. The team rallied in the remaining minutes to put more points on the board. First, with about 4:37 left in the half, Gabby Klyotskin took hold of the ball and dominated the field, sending a ball soaring over the St. Andrew’s goalie’s head to make the score 8-4.
On the next play, Gerrits picked up the ball off the draw, ran down the field and tossed it to Klyotskin, who put it in the net for another goal. With 4:23 left in the half, the score was 5-8.
But the Lady Scots were able to score once more, several minutes later, to make the score 9-5 going into halftime.
Though both teams came out of the second half with more vigor, the Lady Scots were able to keep the pressure on Wellington. They took control of the ball early on and put one into the net, making the score 10-5.
On the next play, St. Andrew’s got the ball again and snuck it past the Wellington goalie to make the score 11-5.
Though the Lady Scots had begun to pull away, Lady Wolverine Monica Schell scored to help cut into the St. Andrew’s lead, 11-6.
But ultimately, the Lady Wolverines were not able to catch up. Gerrits put in three additional goals, including one with only 30 seconds left on the clock. But the Lady Scots also managed to score twice more to seal their 14-9 win over Wellington.
The Lady Wolverines traveled to Pope John Paul II High School on Tuesday and also faced Cardinal Gibbons at home on Thursday, but results were not available at press time.
Wellington next travels to St. Thomas Aquinas High School on Tuesday, March 5 for a 6 p.m. game.
Above: Wolverine Kathleen Gerrits guards a St. Andrew’s ball carrier.