Salem HS Girls Varsity Lacrosse hosting Plymouth Wildcats
Wednesday April 15
Salem 5 â Plymouth 6
WILDCATS ESCAPE WITH WIN OVER ROCKS
The Salem Rocks Girls Varsity Lacrosse team hosted the favored Plymouth Wildcats in their second big rival game in three days. The Rock came in at 3-4, looking to build on their Monday win against Canton. The Wildcats, who started the season 3-0, came in with 2 straight close losses to very strong opponents. Both teams had something to prove.
Both teams appeared committed to defense from the start, but Plymouthâs Marisa Cirono punched in a goal to open the scoring 4 minutes in. Salem answered less than 3 minutes later on a goal by Sr. Captain Andi Marthaler. Played remained methodical, with Salem Sophomore Leah Tardiff finally breaking through to score with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, giving the Rocks their first lead of the game. After a time out, Plymouth answered with 2 goals in less than 2 minutes to take a 3-2 lead with just over 6 minutes to play in the half. Played remained tight and tough, until Salem answered with 2 quick goals of their own – Sr. Captain Joslyn Longe, and Marthaler scoring in the last 2 minutes of the first half to take back the lead at 4-3. Undeterred, Plymouthâs Natalie Nowicki scored with 11 seconds left in the first half to tie the score at 4-4.
The second half showed intense play by both teams, with Plymouth scoring the first goal of the second half to take a 5-4 lead. But Salemâs Marthaler again answered to tie the score at 5 with just under 12 minutes to play. The score remained tied until Plymouthâs Cirino broke the tie with a goal with just over 5 minutes to play. Salem then mounted several late offensive charges that were held off by Plymouth for the 6-5 win.
On the day, the Wildcats outshot the Rocks 21-14. The Wildcats were led offensively by Nowicki and Cirono with 2 goals each. The Rocks were led offensively by Marthaler with 3 goals, with Tardiff and Longe adding a goal apiece.
The Rocks showed another strong defensive performance led by Sr. Captain Amanda Merkel who caused a turnover, got an interception, and picked up 5 ground balls. Sophomore Maddie Johnson held goaltending duties for entire night stopping an impressive 15 out of 21 shots on goal.
Speaking after the game, Rocks Coach Dave Medley said âPlymouth is a strong team, I know their kids have worked hard in the off season and have a good record this season to show for it. We had some things working for us, but the score they had late in the first half to tie the game was one I felt that put them back on track. We came up a little short, but we played more like were capable of playing.â
The Rocks return to action on the road, Monday, April 20, against a very tough Novi Wildcats team. Jr. Varsity play begins at 5:30 p.m., with Varsity play starting at 7:00.