Rutland offense too much for Patriots
BENNINGTON — In a high-scoring contest, it was Rutland that got the better of the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team in a 21-12 win over the Patriots Tuesday afternoon at Vets Home Field.
Whenever MAU looked to make a comeback, the Raiders were quickly there to curb the momentum, cruising to the win and sweeping the season series with the Patriots.
Rutland's early domination in the draw circle played a big part in the Raiders' quick start.
Senior Francie Ettori was tasked with the draw-taking duties against MAU's Avery Galle and got the better of Galle on many occasions.
Lacrosse, at its core, is a game of possession. If a team can't get the ball on their stick, they can't score. Rutland had many more chances than the Patriots did early on and it made MAU pay in those spots.
After Amber Metcalfe put the Patriots up 1-0, the Raiders rattled off a bunch of goals in quick succession.
Rutland scored the next six goals and put MAU in an early hole that's tough to climb out of when playing a team as good as the Raiders.
"Draw controls are huge in this game and [Rutland] definitely excelled in those," said Patriots co-coach Whitney Brooks. "We switched it up and had Amber Metcalfe do the draws and she controlled that. [Losing the draws] is a huge thing."
MAU got down by as much as seven goals at one point in the first half, but adjusted and scored the last two goals of the half, one from Olivia Elmer and the other from Abby Farrington.
The Patriots remained competitive in the second half, but the sheer depth of the Rutland scoring attack was too much to handle.
Even in the losing effort, MAU continued to try to claw back, even if its prospects looked bleak.
"I'm proud of these girls for keeping fighting back. In the game of lacrosse, you can get three goals in a minute," Brooks said. "I'm proud of how they stuck in there and they kept the momentum going and kept the pressure on Rutland."
Patriots freshman goalie Sophia Kipp had the tough task of trying to keep the potent Raider attack in check. While the Raiders put up more than 20 goals, Kipp was strong in net, despite her lack of experience on the varsity level, making 10 saves.
"It's gotta be real nerve-wracking as a freshman to be in there and we are so pleased with the effort she's put forward on this team," Brooks said. "We can't say anything negative about that girl. She's stepped up. The team has a lot of confidence in her."
Eight different girls scored for Rutland in the game. Ettori and Logan Kinsman led the way with five goals apiece.
Caroline Musinski led MAU with three goals, while Galle, Metcalfe and Marisa Rabideau all had two tallies.
MAU made an announcement at halftime to honor Galle for her 200th career point, which she reached against Woodstock last week.
Galle is only the third player in program history, joining her coach, Emily Cross, and former teammate Emily Altland as the only players to reach that mark.
"Her getting her 200th point this year is really important for her," Cross said. "She's stepped up in a lot of our games with assists and goals and saying what we need to do to get better in games."
"She's been a great influence for these girls. She's a leader and she works really hard," said Brooks, who has coached Galle all four years on varsity. "Reaching any goal like that is amazing and she should be proud of herself. She's been amazing and done a lot of things for this program."
MAU drops to 3-8 this year and plays Woodstock on Thursday at home.
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