MAU rolls past Panthers

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BENNINGTON — Nobody has been able to stop the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team in the past few weeks.

Coming off a huge 12-11 win over Mt. Greylock on Friday, the Patriots continued their hot streak, extending their current winning streak to seven with a 16-1 victory over Hoosick Falls.

From the opening draw, nothing was going to stand in the way of the MAU offense, who struck for three goals in the first two minutes of the game to take the early lead.

After holding Jordyn Haynes and the Panthers offense in check on consecutive trips on defense, MAU got their scoring machine of an offense going again when senior Bridget Ahearn dished off a sweet pass to junior Brianna Zipprich cutting in the front, who slammed home her second goal of the contest to make it a four goal Patriot lead.

Just seconds later, another nice give and go sequence accrued for the Patriots when senior Anne Peck found a wide open Avery Galle in front of the net to cash in the fifth MAU goal of the contest.

Peck then got on the scoring parade herself after her nice assist, driving down the field and slapping a shot in the back of the net for her first of the game and MAU was rolling, up 6-0 midway through the first half.

After Peck scored her second goal of the afternoon to make the score 7-0, Galle struck for her second goal of the day for MAU, scoring a goal off a Hoosick Falls penalty to make it a 8-0 lead for the Patriots.

Leading 8-1 now with a couple minutes to go before halftime, Galle got the MAU lead back up to eight.

Weaving her way through the Panthers defense, the freshman fired in her third goal of the first half into the net to give MAU a 9-1 lead at the half.

"I was able to get open a lot when our offense was in transition and that helped me get some good scoring opportunities," Galle said. "We moved the ball really well on offense all game long and I think that was why a lot of us were able to get some good shots on net."

Galle finished with a game-high four goals on the day.

In the second half, the Patriots offense continued to score at will, including Zipprich who punched in her third goal of the game to extend the MAU lead to 10.

"Our offense is very talented and everybody on our team can score," said MAU coach Whitney Brooks. "We're a very unselfish team. Our girls don't take many bad shots and instead try to pass it to the open man. The girls have faith in one another and I think that really has helped our offense grow more over the course of the season."

The Patriots went on to finish the game on a 5-0 run to seal up their eighth win of the season.

Ahearn and junior Emily Altland each scored two goals in the win for MAU.

The freshman trio of Samantha White, Taylor Andrews and Caroline Musinski all scored a goal in the Patriots win as well.

MAU has now scored ten or more goals in every game they have played so far this season.

For Hoosick Falls, freshman Grace Wysocki scored the lone Panther goal in the game.

With the win, MAU improves to 8-1 on the season.

"I think we did a great job today on improving from the mistakes we have made in game prior," said MAU coach Chloe Griffin. "Our draw control was way better today. Our midfield defense was excellent and our defense overall was really strong all afternoon. It's been fun to watch the girls improve as we have been on this run and we have to keep that going as we start heading towards the end of the season."

The Patriots will try to extend their winning streak to eight when they travel to play Wahconah today at 4:30 p.m.


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