MADISON, NJ - A third game in four days didn’t slow down the Madison girls lacrosse team in the slightest on Monday as they pummeled the visiting Montville Mustangs 19-6. Senior standout Catherine Crowley led the way once again for Madison as she scored eight goals on the evening, bringing her to the 40-goal plateau for the third consecutive season. This also tied her season high as she also had an eight-goal outing against Kent Place on April 13.
Crowley singlehandedly took over right out of the gates as she scored the first three goals of the game. Once Montville began to key in on her, the rest of the offense began to find their rhythm. In all, three other players (Ginny Taylor, Leah Rutland, and Claire Culligan) scored multiple goals. By halftime, the Dodgers had already built up a decisive 13-1 lead.
“We want to be a team with multiple weapons,” coach Toni-Anne Cavallo said. “We put a lot of time in practice to get other players to work on becoming a scoring threat. As the season’s going on, you’re seeing that more players are contributing in our attacking end.”
However, Coach Cavallo noted that the defense was the X-factor in their second straight blowout victory. After allowing 10 goals in a narrow three-goal win against Morris Knolls on Friday, they have yielded only eight in the two games they’ve played since.
“Our defense has been stepping up,” Cavallo said. “We really focus on the help defense and the communication has been there, which is so important. They’re really starting to become a unit back there.”
The Dodgers have now moved up into second place in the NJIGLL Freedom South standings with Monday’s victory. Still, they are viewing this decisive win as a game to learn from as they prepare for Saturday’s second round Morris County tournament matchup against Roxbury.
“Now it’s go time,” Crowley said. “It’s definitely going to be a tough one, but we’re really looking forward to it.”