CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High School girls’ varsity lacrosse team’s strong postseason performance continued on Tuesday with a 17-6 victory over Delaware Valley Regional High School at Haas Field.
The victory propels Chatham into Thursday’s sectional semifinal against West Essex.
The Lady Cougars were at the top of their game, successfully moving the ball, working as a team and wearing out Delaware Valley. The Cougars constantly attacked the net, leading to goals from eight different players.
Chatham started off strong, with their first goal coming within the first three minutes of the game. Freshman Bridget Ballard was a strong contributor to the team’s success, scoring six of the team’s seventeen goals on the day.
Not only did Ballard contribute, but the Cougars had goals from: junior Kennedy Krauss (3), junior Maddy Bowles (2), sophomore Kristen Maiorano (2), sophomore Morgan Sullivan, sophomore Maggie O’Neill, freshman Emily Wingate, and senior Lauren Maiorano.
Delaware Valley connected for its first team goal six minutes into the game. However, the Cougars could not be stopped. They scored goal after goal, and were leading, 9-4, after the first half.
After halftime, the Cougars started right where they left off, dominating offensively and shutting Delaware Valley down defensively, surrendering only two more goals.
Senior keeper and co-captain Hannah Reader saved eight of the 14 shots sent her way.
Another key to the Cougar’s success was head coach Hillary Renna’s use of players off the bench.
Chatham’s depth proved to be a huge factor, as their abundance of players helped players stay fresh throughout the game despite the hot and very humid conditions.
“Well, it was our last home game this season, our last time playing all together on Haas Field. I think it was a great win to end on,” Renna said. “I thought the girls came out fired up despite the heat and played a good two halves.”