IRVINGTON, N.Y.— Grace Curran tallied seven goals and dished out three assists, while Lydia Werlau netted eight goals in North Salem’s 22-14 win over host Irvington on April 27.
North Salem’s girls lacrosse squad jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Bulldogs rallied to cut the Tiger lead to 5-4 midway through the first half.
The Tigers regrouped from there. Curran hit a cutting Werlau in front of the net to make it 6-4 North Salem with 12:12 left in the first half. Irvington got a goal back, but North Salem outscored the Bulldogs 8-3 the rest of the half and scored five goals in the final 2:22 to take a 14-8 lead into halftime.
Jane Fetterolf (3G, 1A), Amira Flayhan (2G, 2A), Kelly McCarthy (1G, 1A), Kelly Vermette (1G, 1A) and Kiera McCarthy (11 saves) also were a part of a Tiger win where they had six different goal scorers and 10 assisted goals.
North Salem bested host Carmel 9-7 two days later with Curran (2G, 1A), Werlau (2G, 1A), Jane Fetterolf (2G), Haley Vermette (1G), Amy Fetterolf (1G), Kelly McCarthy (1A) and Kiera McCarthy (11 saves) contributing in the win.
“It was a challenging game for many reasons,” North Salem coach Chris Werlau said. “Our defense held their own during the entire game and played consistently. We had possession of the ball with over two minutes left and our offense held onto the ball the entire time to preserve the win. Carmel has always been a great competitor so I expected nothing less from the game. They work hard and are very well coached.”
The Tigers led 7-1 at halftime, but the Rams outscored them 6-2 in the second half to make a game of it.
North Salem’s defense held Carmel to just two goals over a six minute man-down situation.
“Our defensive unit definitely stood out,” coach Werlau said. “But overall, we had too many calls against us. We were working really hard all over the field but every check was called a foul. Some frustration set in but the girls continued to work hard and play together. They are a really great unit. We’ve been working on a lot of man-up and man-down situations the last week so this game presented opportunities to use what we’ve learned.”
The Tigers cruised past visiting Briarcliff 13-5 on April 25.
Werlau had five goals and three assists and won 75 percent of the draws. Curran had four goals and collected 13 draw controls. Jane Fetterolf (3G), Kelly McCarthy (1G, 1A) and Kiera McCarthy (nine saves) also got in on the stat sheet.
North Salem (9-1) traveled to Tibbetts Brook Park to face Yonkers on May 3. The Tigers host Hastings at 4:30 p.m., May 5 at Volunteers Park and travel to Croton-Harmon for a 3 p.m. game the next day.