NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Nobody would have guessed at the beginning of the season that the New Providence girls’ lacrosse team would be at the top of the NJIGLL South Division.

Cranford was the team most thought that would be leading the division and possibly the Independence Conference.

That may not be the case anymore, after the Lady Pioneers defeated the Cougars, 13-10, on Wednesday to increase their division leads to two games.

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“It was just a great win,” New Providence head coach Jennifer Henry said. “It was wonderful to see the girls push it from the beginning of the game to the end. Every player on this team helped make this win happen today.”

The Lady Pioneers controlled the game from the very beginning. Less than six minutes in, New Providence was already up on Cranford 3-0 and had a 9-4 lead going into the second half.

“One of the reasons why we lost this game, is because we came out too flat to start the game,” Cranford head coach Carlee Dragon said. “We dominated the second half, but it’s hard to come back in girl’s lacrosse if you don’t come out strong to start the game.”

Cranford made a run in the second half, cutting their deficit to two with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, but that was as close as they would get.

The Pioneers scored another goal to make it a three-score game again, before running out the clock for their third conference win of the season.

“This was a really big game for us to win,” New Providence junior attacker Nicole Dillon said. “We have been waiting for this game for a while now, and it feels good to come out of it with a win.”

Dillon had a game-high four goals. New Providence had six different players score a goal, including three with two or more goals in the game as well. Senior Emily Molstad had three tallies before leaving the game with an injury in the second half.

With the victory, New Providence improves to 4-2, while Cranford drops to 3-5.