CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls lacrosse team has been leaning on its defense for most of the season, waiting for the offense to catch up.
Signs that the offense may be heating up came on Monday during Chatham's 17-8 win over Montclair at windy Haas Field.
"Our defense has had some stellar games," Chatham coach Helen Oliver said. "Defense has been our anchor and we're working on executing offensively. We're trying to slow down and focus on running our offense. That's what we've been practicing the most lately."
The extra practice could be paying off as Chatham (5-3) scored the first six goals of the game on the way to a 9-3 lead heading into the halftime break.
Kayleigh Coughlin opened the scoring when she cut to the cage and put away a pass from Ally Franz
Callie Riabov scored the first of her two goals after receiving a pass from Franz
"That was a really well-rounded game," Oliver said. "We scored on a lot of fast-break opportunities and overall emotion. We moved the ball in midfield well."
Franz, who finished with three goals and two assists, scored an unassisted goal to make it 3-0 for Chatham
Sophie Straka beat the defense downfield to score off a pass from behind by Franz to make it 3-0 for Chatham
"We were working hard for each other," Franz said.
Chatham meets Indian Hills, 4:30 Thursday at Haas Field.