Altland scores six to lead MAU to win


BENNINGTON -- Starting the season with a record-setting 10-goal performance, Mount Anthony Union High School senior attacker Emily Cross was double and even triple-teamed at times on Tuesday against Emma Willard.

No big deal, though, as her teammates went on the attack.

In her first varsity home game, freshmen Emily Altland scored six goals -- three in each half -- in a 14-5 win at the Vets Home Field.

"Emily [Cross] knows she's a marked player, understands they will double her," said MAU coach Tom Otero. "She works well together with Emily [Altland]. They are knowledgeable, have great lacrosse IQ. It was a breakout game for Altland, she really did a nice job."

Tied at 1-1 five minutes in, Cross scored four straight goals in the next 10 minutes to give MAU a 6-1 lead with 8:42 left in the first half.

"I feel like we settle the ball for a little, the defenders get lazy and watch," Altland said. "Then we make the move and the pass. [Cross] does a good job of that, looking for the open [player]."

Most of the play in the first half was in the MAU zone, owing to the terrific draw control by Altland, Cross and Alexis Wright.

"They're doing the litle things well, and the big things become successful," Otero said. "We tried to get the draw to a specific person, we work on that a lot in practice."

After Emma Willard scored back-to-back to make it 6-3, Altland scored the next two goals for a 8-3 lead and Brianna Zipprich scored her first varsity goal with 30 seconds left to take a 6-goal lead into the half.

"Our transitions were tremendous, especially this early in the season," Otero said. "We had a lot of success today with the entire team, not just the first team. We have a lot of depth, the skill level doesn't drop off."

The Jesters scored the first two goals of the second half to pull within 9-5, but Altland tallied the next three in a row in six minutes, including one on a free position shot, to quash any chance at a rally.

"I like to shot fake on free positions, that's key," Altland said. "If the goalie is good, you want to fake low and shoot high or fake high and shoot low."

Other goals from Mount Anthony came from Courtney Gabrus, Meghan Bishop and Anne Peck.

"It's a nice way to open at home," Otero said. "Emma Willard plays in a tough league in Section II. We were lucky to get ahead and stay ahead."

Defensively, MAU held the Jesters to five goals, none in the final 15 minutes of the game. They held senior midfielder Alexandra Shultis, a Division I prospect, to two goals on the day.

"Our defense was as good as we've played all year," said Otero, who said that starting defender Katie Lyons is out with a concussion. "We have a young defense and we've been working on it."

In goal, Sam Mayer had 10 saves and Leah Olansky added three in relief, but many shots never reached the goal to begin with.

"It was efficient," Otero said. "We had great midfield defense to redefend and got great play from the younger players, we'll get better and better."

MAU improves to 2-1 early in the season.

"It's a good start for us," Altland said. "We have BBA on Thursday and we have a lot of positive energy going forward."


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