NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Grace Curran and the North Salem girls varsity lacrosse team seemed to be in a hurry to prove a point.
Even with four starters out of the lineup when North Salem hosted Hastings on Sunday, May 7, the Tigers wasted no time taking charge as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half.
Curran led the charge with four goals and four assists in the first half juggernaut, and she finished with five goals and five assists overall as North Salem cruised to a 16-5 victory.
“We came out strong from the beginning. We all knew we had to step up for the other girls and we all played hard,” Curran said. “It’s exciting. We know every game everyone wants to beat us. We’re one of the teams to beat now and it’s exciting to keep winning and to hold up our reputation.”
It capped off another exciting week for the Tigers as they improved to 12-1 overall on the year. North Salem also crushed Croton-Harmon (17-7) and Yonkers (16-3) as the Tigers are on an impressive roll.
“Our girls are playing better and better every game and putting a lot of things together,” explained North Salem coach Christine Werlau. “This was a league game so it was an important win for us and we were missing four starters. This was a great opportunity for some other girls to get on the field and show us what they can do and gain a little confidence. Everything is kind of clicking right now, a good point to be at in the season.”
Against Hastings, North Salem took to the field without leading scorer Lydia Werlau and three other starters in Jenna Shaughnessy, Amy Fetterolf and Kelly McCarthy. They were all scheduled for a study preparation course for an upcoming AP exam.
However, with so many games to fit in before the end of the regular season, that didn’t stop coach Werlau from scheduling the Sunday game. She knew the rest of the Tigers were capable to get the job done even shorthanded.
They proved her right with an impressive first half showing as Curran, Haley Vermette and Jane Fetterolf dominated. Vermette capped it off with her fourth goal of the half with just over a minute left to make it 13-0 at the intermission. Fetterolf also recorded a first half hat trick as she scored three goals, while Jenna Murphy and Amanda Halstead each had a goal.
Curran started the second half just like the first as she scored her fifth goal of the game to make it 14-0 before Hastings was finally able to get on the scoreboard at the 20-minute mark of the second half. Colleen McCarthy then scored off an assist from Curran to make it 15-1.
After Hastings was able to score the next three goals, Ashley Farraj scored for the Tigers off an assist from McCarthy to make it 16-4 and the Tigers finished it off for a 16-5 victory.
A day earlier on May 6, North Salem was on the road at Croton-Harmon and once again it was Curran leading the way as the visiting Tigers cruised past the host Tigers from Croton.
Curran finished with six goals and five assists as she continues to find a way to fill both roles. She can finish it off for a goal herself or find an open teammate with an assist.
“Everyone loves to score, but I really love getting an assist, to see my teammates score,” Curran said. “It’s exciting to see everyone working together as a team.”
Werlau had four goals and three assists in the win over Croton, while Katie Wagner had two goals and four assists. Vermette and Jane Fetterolf each scored two goals and added an assist. Amy Fetterolf scored a goal and Amira Flayhan had an assist.
On Wednesday, May 3, North Salem traveled to Yonkers and cruised to a 16-3 victory on the road. Werlau led the way with five goals. Vermette scored a goal and assisted on four others. Elsie Molina had two goals and two assists, while Murphy had two goals and an assist. Amy Fetterolf scored two goals. Curran and Farraj each scored a goal and had one assist, while Jane Fetterolf and Kelly McCarthy each scored a goal.
North Salem will close out the regular season with three home games before heading into the postseason. The Tigers were set to host Dobbs Ferry on May 9, then Ossining on Wednesday, May 10, and rival Pawling on Saturday, May 13.