Chatham Girls Lacrosse 'Plays its Game' in Win Over Watchung Hills

Catherine McNiff controls the draw for Chatham Credits: Brad Rindos
Schuyler Bixby collected four goals and four assists for Chatham Credits: Brad Rindos
Emilie de Keyzer contributed three goals and three assists for Chatham Credits: Brad Rindos
Catherine McNiff carries the ball forward after winning the draw Credits: Brad Rindos
Julie Hamilton scored two goals for Chatham Credits: Brad Rindos

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls lacrosse team was off its game a week ago when it played host to Glen Ridge at Cougar Field.

The Lady Cougars, who normally play their home games at Haas Fiel, were out to redeem themselves in their second chance to play at Cougar Field in its matchup against Watchung Hills.

"We really wanted to come out this game on this field and play our game," Chatham coach Hilary Renna said "We never play on this field. This year, we have two games here and in the first one we didn't play our best. We wanted to redeem ourselves on this field. Even when we were down, we knew we were going to come back and play our game. Our game is being composed and waiting for the defense to make a mistake; not panicking under pressure."

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Chatham certainly played its game against Watchung Hills on Saturday, scoring seven straight goals during a stretch of the first half on its way to a 16-8 win.

Watchung Hills (1-2) moved to a 3-1 lead before Chatham (3-2) took over the game. Frances Workman ignited the seven-goal run with a burst to the goal from midfield, putting away a high shot. Zoe Kraus followed with a low backhand shot into the net and Schuyler Bixby (4 goals, 2 assists) connected on a shot that was partially blocked and bounced over the goalie's head and into the net.

Abby Morgan then came from behind the net and scored off a pass from Kraus, boosting the Chatham lead to 5-3. Emilie de Keyzer then set up three straight goals in a span of 3:15 to make it an 8-3 lead for the Lady Cougars. De Keyzer's passes led to successive goals by Bixby, Kraus and Bixby again.

DeKeyzer finished with three goals and three assists.

Emilie de Keyzer talks about how the Lady Cougars reversed a 3-1 deficit in the first half

Seniors Morgan and Bixby then scored off a nice give-and-go for Chatham. Morgan ran by and tossed the ball to Bixby and then cut inside and received the ball back from Bixby before putting it away for a 9-6 lead. Bixby then fed Julie Hamilton for a goal that made it a 10-4 lead.

The Lady Cougars dominated the draws, especially in the first half, when Catherine McNiff controlled five over the first 25 minutes.

In the second half, McNiff scored off a great pass from Morgan, who hit the cutting McNiff with a pass from behind. McNiff caught the ball in front and quickly dropped it into the net. De Keyzer scored two goals, Bixby one and freshman Lizzie O'Neill converted a Morgan pass, pushing the advantage to 15-5.

Schuyler Bixby's shot is partially blocked, but it still bounces over the head of the Watchung Hills goalie and into the net

Emilie de Keyzer's goal in the second half boosted the Chatham lead to 12-5


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