First half scoring run leads MAU to victory

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BENNINGTON >> There were frustrations that needed to be settled for the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team on Monday afternoon.

After losing in double overtime to Mount Greylock for their first defeat of the year over the weekend, the Patriots needed to let out some steam against Wahconah on Monday.

They wasted no time doing so, scoring 10 first half goals in a 12-6 win over the Warriors.

Tied 1-1 early on in the first half, the Patriots' offense went on an offensive attack like no other.

First, Riley Mintrone started the scoring, which was then followed by a goal from Emily Altland, a dominant force for MAU in the first 10 minutes.

Altland scored three of the Patriots' first five goals, with her third tally coming in unstoppable fashion as she ran past a host of Warrior defenders and slammed one into the net to give MAU a 5-1 lead.

"We were winning a lot of [draw controls] and getting fast break opportunities from it, so that helped me get some nice paths to the goal to start off the game," Altland said. "I also had some one-on-one opportunities that I was able to take advantage of as well."

The Patriots won nine of 12 draws in the first half.

Leading 5-1, MAU was just in the early stages of its scoring outburst.

Just like Altland, Brianna Zipprich also scored three goals in the first half.

Zipprich got some nice looks in the crease for the Patriots, scoring her second goal off a sweet assist from Altland and then scored her third goal off a free position shot from a Wahconah penalty, to give MAU a commanding 9-1 lead.

"We were moving the ball really well on offense in the first half and that opened up some goal opportunities for us," Zipprich said. "To win games you have to win as a team and we definitely did that today."

MAU ended the first half on a 9-0 run when Mintrone scored with her second goal of the game to the Patriots a 10-1 lead going into halftime.

Unlike the first half though, the Patriots offense went missing for the first 16 minutes of the second half, allowing Wahconah to pull within seven.

In need of a spark, the Patriots offense got one from senior captain Bridget Ahearn.

Ahearn went coast to coast, running untouched to fire a shot into the net for her second goal of the game to stop the drought.

The senior was back at it again from the Patriots a few minutes later, scoring her third goal of the game, giving MAU three players with a hat trick in the contest and sealing up the team's second win.

Senior Anne Peck had a goal scored in the win for the Patriots, while freshman Avery Galle had a team-high three assists in the contest too.

In goal Carly Plainsance was solid, making nine saves, six coming in the second half to help keep the Patriots out in front all afternoon.

In fact, MAU never trailed.

"We did a really good job rebounding from our loss over the weekend and all the girls played well to help get us the win," said MAU coach Whitney Brooks. "We played our hearts out on defense, Carly made some great saves in goal and our offense did a great job scoring off our draws. This was a great win for our team and will help us a lot going forward."

MAU improves to 2-1 on the season and will be back home when they host Hartford on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.


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