Scots rumble past Blazes on big second half

Bonny Eagler Jenne Litif approaches on the attack at Westbrook on Tuesday.

Cat Biegel tallied four goals for Bonny Eagle on its trip to Westbrook on Tuesday, May 24. Biegel led among Scots scorers, although a number of her teammates contributed as well – the team posted 15 points to the Blazes’ two, after all.

“Good transitions, good passes on the transition,” said Bonny Eagle head coach Judy Martin, asked about the keys to her girls’ big W. “Being patient on offense – which is hard for them. Once they’re patient on offense and look for the good shots, it all comes together.”

Biegel began the scoring, though not as early in the action as the lopsided final might suggest. Indeed, Westbrook played strong defense throughout the uphill minutes, and the Scots needed almost 14 minutes to light the proverbial lamp. 

Finally, at 11:01, on a feed from Autumn Brady, Biegel bounced a close-on shot through the legs of Westbrook keeper Aviana Bouphavanh.

“I was proud of our first-half defense,” said Westbrook head coach Kevin Roy. “[In the second half, we had] a few defensive breakdowns that Bonny Eagle took advantage of. And one girl got hurt – that was tough.” 

“They had a really, really tight defense,” said Martin. “We had a hard time getting the ball inside in the beginning of the game. We weren’t patient, and as soon as we decided to work for the good shots, it worked to our advantage.”

The Blazes were down 4-1 at break, but three goals is hardly an insurmountable deficit in lacrosse. Perhaps discouragement hit the Blazes unusually hard in the chilly gray drizzle, though. Whatever fire they’d begun the game with seemed to wane when they returned to the field for the latter half, and the Scots ran away with the action from there, adding 11 more before the final buzzer for the 15-2 result.

“We also took advantage of a lot of their missed transition passes,” said Martin. “We beat them to the ball a little bit more than [they did us.]”

Biegel finished with four goals on the day. Teammates Desi Wright and Megan McIntosh each earned a hat trick, and Nat Bushey had two goals. Brady, Alex Farley and Jenne Litif each had one.

Martin praised a number of her girls. “Cat does a really nice job. She takes most of the draws, and she came up with most of the draw controls on that, which was key. She’s got a nice shot. Jenna Litif looks really well for the assists – she’s a real good passer going well. Those two did really well together. Molly Ward is quick, Desi Wright is quick, seeing the shots on goal.

“Marissa Jeffords is an awesome defensive player, keeping them out, not letting them roll the crease and go in. There’s a lot of players out there that play well together.”

For their part, the Blazes’ two goals came from Madi Mullett and Sarah Wagner. 

Bonny Eagle inched ahead to 3-7 on the result. The Scots’ last game of the regular season took place at Portland (No. 11 in A North at 1-8) on Thursday, May 26, after Current Publishing’s print deadline. A cursory glance at the Heal Point Standings suggests they’ll probably sneak into the post-season, as No. 9 Noble trails them by a fair margin with slim prospects for usurping their berth.

Westbrook, meanwhile, slipped to 2-9. With two games remaining on their docket, the Blazes looked unlikely to reach the postseason. They hosted Scarborough (No. 7 in A South at 2-8) on the 26th, and will travel to Windham on the 31st.

Bonny Eagler Jenne Litif approaches on the attack at Westbrook on Tuesday.

Attacking Westbrooker Josie LeBlanc cuts around Bonny Eagle opponent Alex Farley.

Kaitlyn Michaud manned the cage for Bonny Eagle at Westbrook.

Nat Bushey pushed through and around the Westbrook defense on Tuesday.

Westbrook keeper Aviana Bouphavanh turned a number of strong saves, despite her team’s loss.

Bonny Eagle’s Megan McIntosh attacks for her team at Westbrook on Tuesday.

Madi Mullett had one of the Blazes’ two goals in their loss to visiting Bonny Eagle on Tuesday.

Westbrook defender Hannah Griffin tracks a Bonny Eagle attacker on Tuesday.

Westbrooker Emily Figucia defends amidst a hail of bodies and sticks.

The Scots’ Mollie Ward scans her options as she moves upfield at Westbrook.