OAK RIDGE—Traveling to the northern end of the county, the Madison girls lacrosse team was hoping to get back on track after a pair of losses to New Jersey’s best squads.
The Dodgers got just that.
Senior captain Lauren Taylor and junior Loyola of Maryland commit Catherine Crowley were a two-man wrecking crew for Madison, combining for 9 goals in a 17-7 victory over Jefferson on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite getting off to not the fastest of starts, Madison is now back at an even .500 on the season with a 2-2 mark.
“The thing I was most happy about today were the seven assists we had. To me, that’s lacrosse” said first-year Dodgers coach Toni-Anne Cavallo, “Our ball movement was good and it really is a nice thing for a team to have seven different players score.”
Lauren Kaye and Leah Rutland added a pair of goals for Madison, and the trio of Julia Tully, McKenzie Kapp, and Alexis Jackson all got on the board in this game.
Madison goalie Emilie Flamme did not have an especially busy day, only turning away two Falcons shots in this Maroon & Gold-dominated game, possession wise. Kendra Nolan scored twice for Jefferson.
It took Madison less than two minutes to get on the board when Taylor drove nearly unmarked toward goal, and fired in a high shot to give Madison the early one goal edge. 37 seconds later, Kaye scored to quickly double the lead.
Midway through the half, Kaye would make it 5-1 Dodgers after finishing home a penalty shot, and after the Falcons had scored twice to cut the lead down to 2, Crowley scored on a breakaway finish to again cushion the advantage.
A Taylor goal with 36 seconds in the half—one that broke a nearly five minute stretch of scoreless play—gave Madison an 8-4 lead at the half.
The visitors put away the game early in the second half, scoring three times within seven minutes to take an 11-5 lead. Taylor scored twice in that frame.
“I told everyone at half that this is a game I wanted to win by 10 goals if we played to our best. They definitely bought into what I was saying,” added Cavallo.