Bulldogs win rain-soaked game


MANCHESTER -- With a heavy rain beating down on the lacrosse field at Burr and Burton Academy on Friday, Woodstock girls lacrosse coach Hannah Nichols said that she didn't want her team to play anymore and risk a potential injury.

BBA coach Dave Miceli held no objections, as long as it was agreed that BBA won the contest.

It was an unusual scene underneath the scorer's tent during halftime of the contest, but with BBA up 8-5 Miceli agreed to call the game early.

"The Woodstock coach decided that they didn't want to continue to play in the rain. The field was holding up, the officials were ready to go. It's not like the game was stopped by the officials," Miceli said. "We will check in with the VPA to see if it's a forfeit or if the 8-5 score stands. I'm under the impression that's a win and the Woodstock coach conceded as much."

Should the score stand, Hayley Sabol will take the credit as leading scorer, as the BBA junior struck four times in the first 25 minutes to pace the BBA attack. Morgan Bazyk and Lucy Bisselle each had two scores to round out BBA's scoring, while Annie Arthur led Woodstock with three goals and an assist.

But in the rainy weather, Miceli said that his defense is what stood out the most during the game.

"I am really impressed with the defense," Miceli said. "Working in conditions like this is very difficult. When the footing gets slippery, it always benefits the attackers. I thought our defense did a tremendous job of really keeping up with the short, choppy steps you need to be successful."

The BBA defense also worked well when transitioning the ball into attack, highlighted by one sequence that saw defender Brianna Brockett find Bisselle in the midfield, who in turn found Sabol in stride further up the field that allowed the junior to score.

Both goalies saw action during the game, with Megan Dalton stopping seven shots for Woodstock while Lauren MacKenize stopped four for BBA.

BBA is now 11-2. The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday against Hartford at home.


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