Bulldogs nip MAU under the lights

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MANCHESTER — With the lead down to one with nearly seven minutes left, the Burr and Burton girls lacrosse team went into keepaway mode against Mount Anthony.

Despite tight defense from the Patriots, the Bulldogs worked the stall to perfection, running out the final 6:46 in a 11-10 victory under the lights at Applejack Field on Wednesday.

"We knew they were going to stall with a lead," said MAU coach Whitney Brooks. "They are good at it. We have to play tight man to man and we weren't able to do it [tonight]. We just have to perfect it, work on it in practice."

The teams traded the first 12 goals back and forth through the first half and for the first 10 minutes of the second before BBA took control.

Bella Dworkin scored unassisted at the 19:48 mark to tie the game at six, then added another 90 seconds later to give BBA the lead back for the sixth time on the night.

Two minutes later, Lydia Morgantini scored her only goal of the game to give BBA an 8-6 advantage, the first time either team had a multi-goal advantage.

On the next possession, BBA's Jessie Forstmann got the draw control and maneuvered into MAU's zone, finding Cat Greenberg for a 9-6 lead, the biggest of the night to that point.

"It's all about the draw control and they were able to get that almost every time," Brooks said. "Our main focus was trying to get it into the offensive side, once we get the draw and get it on offense, we know we can put it in the net."

Mount Anthony's Bridget Ahearn scored her 100th career goal with 15:28 left to pull MAU within two at 9-7, but another pair of goals from the Bulldogs — one from Aggie Bisselle and the other from Greenberg off a Dworkin assist made it 11-7 with 12 minutes left.

"It is a milestone and she's worked extremely hard to get there," Brooks said. "We've seen her shine this year, she's gone light-years above where she was before. To see the 100th goal is amazing, a memorable moment for all of us."

Forstmann had four goals and one assist, while Dworkin had two goals and a game-high five helpers. Greenberg and Bisselle each had a pair of tallies, and Morgantini finished the scoring for the Bulldogs.

It looked like BBA had all the momentum, but the Patriots, who came into the night at 9-1, weren't giving up. At 11:16, Brianna Zipprich took a feed from Emily Altland to cut the lead to three, then Altland took over, scoring twice within 45 seconds to make it a one-goal game with 8:39 to go.

Altland led MAU with five goals, while Ahearn had two, Zipprich had one as did Annie Peck and Natalie Jelley.

"Whenever we're in a crunch, we focus on players who can handle the ball," said Brooks, referencing Altland. "[Her teammates] have faith in Emily and it's hard not to get the ball to her."

Mount Anthony controlled the next draw, but BBA goalie Miranda Cully — who made seven saves — came up with a big one with about seven minutes left, setting up the Bulldogs to play keepaway. MAU goalie Carly Plaisance had seven saves of her own as well.

The Bulldogs stalled for the next four minutes, only losing possession on a foul with just under three minutes to go. MAU came back to the offensive end, but the BBA defense came up with a ground ball and kept it for the rest of the game.

"Mikaela McMahon, Cali Wadsworth, Nicole Schmid and Hannah Herbert led the defense," said BBA coach Jen Brenner. "They are a tight knit defensive unit who communicates well and they did a superb job of checking under control and getting possession off ground ball turnovers and getting the ball back on the attacking end."

MAU drops to 9-2, while the Bulldogs improve to 5-5.

"Everyone put 110 percent effort into this game, but BBA just came out on top," Brooks said.


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