BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - While the Gov. Livingston High girls lacrosse team fell just short against Cranford on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Chloe Griffin was heartened by their second-half ability in an 11-9 loss at home in Berkeley Heights.
"We came out really flat and a little slow in the first half. We lost a couple of draws and they capitalized," said Griffin. "We switched up a bit in the second half and played much better. At one point we scored five goals in just over a minute and tied the score."
Gov. Livingston (3-2) trailed, 7-2, at the half but was able to rally and tie the score at 8-8 in the second half on a goal by Mia Maguire and then knotted the score again at 9-9 on a strike by Megan Kim with 6:16 remaining in the contest.
Cranford (3-1), however, scored the final two goals of the game to prevail with Delaney Bertrand and Karena Andreassen finishing with three goals apiece while Sophi Lijo added two goals. The Cougars have now totaled 51 goals in its three victories.
Maguire finished with a game-high four goals for the Lady Highlanders with Kim totaling two goals and two assists.
Junior Gianna Ciccimarra added a goal and two assists while freshmen Isabella Nappi and Claire Jeon each added one goal.
Maguire, a senior, now leads the team with 16 goals and seven assists with Kim, a freshman, right behind with 12 goals and six assists.
"This was the first time playing with a heat like," said Griffin. "They definitely played better after halftime."
Freshman goalie Maria DiPasquale played the first half in goal with junior goalie Holliday Woodard taking over in the second half.
The Lady Highlanders were scheduled to play host to Pope John on Friday afternoon, but that game is postponed as the Sussex county school is currently observing a coronavirus quarantine protocol.
If Gov. Livingston doesn't pick up a replacement opponent, the next time it returns to the field will be on May 5th when it plays at Parsippany Hills.
This spring the Lady Highlanders are playing in the Independence Division of the NJIGLL (New Jersey Interscholastic Girls Lacrosse League) along with Morris Catholic, Mount St. Dominic, Cranford, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Newark Academy, Villa Walsh and Cedar Grove.
"I think we're getting there," said Griffin. "We didn't have a preseason so we're definitely shaking off some dust and working out the kinks. But We're very young and have a great outlook."