BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Its was the tale of two halves in the girls varsity lacrosse game between Scotch Plains/Fanwood and Governor Livingston on Tuesday at Snyder Avenue Field.
The Raiders outscored the Highlanders 12-1 in the first half on the back of three goals from Haley Regan. The 11-goal cushion was enough to sustain a strong second half effort from the Highlanders, who scored eight goals in the final 25 minutes, as SPF defeated GL 18-9
"In a game like this, at times, they do look at the score," Scotch Plains/Fanwood head coach Robert Rafferty said. We try to do the same things in the second half as we did in the first half and we did make mistakes at times. They pressured the ball. We became complacent."
Scotch Plains/Fanwood's Haley Regan provided a chunk of the offense in the opening half for the Raiders. She scored three goals, with two assists, while Elsa Leistikow put in two goals and one assist.
The Raider defense held the Highlanders scoreless for the first 19 minutes of the game before Lauren Bruno broke the shutout with 6:47 to play in the game.
Regan added her third goal with under four minutes to play, to give Scotch Plains/Fanwood a 12-1 lead at the break.
After a seven minute halftime, the Highlanders returned to the field with a sense for revenge. GL scored three of the first four goals of the second half. Erika Frezza scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the half to pull the Highlanders within nine.
After the Raiders extended their lead back to 10 on a goal from Andrea McNeeley, the Highlanders responded with three straight goals to cut the deficit to 16-9. Julia Martin scored two of the tallies.
However, down seven, with 7:31 to play, the Highlanders were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Despite the loss, Governor Livingston head coach Phil Acosta was pleased with the final 25 minutes his team played.
"We played the kind of lacrosse that I think we're capable of playing," Acosta said. "We were aggressive on the draw. We were patient on offense. We showed that we can play with any of the teams in this county. That's what I want from them. I want them to know that."