Within a 48-hour span, the Westhill and Jordan-Elbridge girls lacrosse teams both got to face once-flourishing Bishop Ludden – and both of them would win.
It started last Tuesday night, where the Warriors gave the once-hot Gaelic Knights its third loss in four games, prevailing 10-8.
Having fought its way to a 4-2 halftime lead, the Warriors maintained that edge through a back-and-forth second half that saw Shelby Stack carry her team’s offense, finishing with four goals and three assists, while Ryan Laible added three goals. Haleigh Farrell scored twice and Liz McAnaney had the other goal.
On Ludden’s side, just three players – Teresa Shattuck, Nicole Granteed and Jenn Vazquez – put in goals, with Shattuck getting four goals and Granteed and Vazquez managing two goals apiece. Meg Farrell, in goal, recorded seven saves.
Then J-E had its turn on Thursday afternoon, mostly relying on the quartet of Malvaso sisters to battle past Ludden by a score of 11-10.
An active first half saw J-E grab an 8-6 lead. The pace slowed after the break, with the Gaelic Knights inching closer, but not quite able to force overtime.
Marissa Malvaso, with four goals and two assists, set the Eagles’ pace, with Miranda Malvaso adding her own three-goal hat trick. Alexis Malvaso added three assists and Antonia Malvaso one goal, with the four sisters picking up 27 ground balls between them.
Beyond them, Alexis Fietta scored twice and Morgan Conroy picked up seven saves. Ludden lost despite Shattuck’s six goals and one assist, with Gemma O’Kane scoring twice. Vazquez and Stephanie Brazell had the other goals.
Before that, J-E had one of its best showings of the season last Monday afternoon, making the long trip to Clinton and scoring at will in a 17-5 romp over the Warriors.
The Eagles reached double digits by halftime, gaining a 10-3 lead. And the rest proved just as smooth as Gabby Thorpe, with four goals and two assists, and Marissa Malvaso, with three goals and two assists, led the charge.