CHATHAM, NJ - Both Chatham girls lacrosse coach Helen McCutcheon and freshman attack Haley Riabov experienced winning debuts on Wednesday.
Chatham High graduate McCutcheon coached her inaugural game at her alma mater and Riabov began her varsity career by collecting four goals and an assist in the Lady Cougars' 13-8 win over Morristown at Haas Field.
“It's amazing. It feels good to see the girls collaborate and put it together,” McCutcheon said. “I feel really lucky that the youth program is prepping these kids to be ready for their freshman year.”
Senior Grace Coe converted a pass from classmate Emilie de Keyzer to give Chatham its first goal of the season in the fourth minute (see video below).
Frances Workman scores in the first half for Chatham
Chatham held a 7-5 lead at the break and then put together a five-goal streak in the second half to put the game away. Senior attack de Keyzer fueled the offense with a goal and six assists and senior Paige Guenther finished with three goals for Chatham.
“It feels good," de Keyzer said. "It’s nice to see all of our hard work be put together, and to come out with a big win.”
Haley Riabov's twin sister, Callie, also contributed a goal for Chatham in the first half.
Junior Frances Workman and sophomores Lizzie O'Neill and Emma Frohnapfel each netted a goal for Chatham in support of senior goalie Kat Friday, who was credited with 10 saves.
Annika Begley and Nicole Ferrara scored two goals each for Morristown.