NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The North Salem girls lacrosse team has a difficult non-league schedule this year, and for a good reason. 

“That was intentional, because we’re in a tough league, so in order to prepare for Bronxville, Pleasantville, Albertus Magnus and Put Valley, we play a schedule with teams like John Jay, Mamaroneck and Somers,” said coach Amanda Heyde, who said she wass not entirely disappointed with her team’s 17-10 loss on Thursday.

“We scored first and played pretty close in the first half,” she said. “They pulled away a little in the beginning of second half and then we started to rally back.” 

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The three shots that went off the pipes didn’t help either. At the same time, Heyde lamented how her team struggled to finish their shots and keep possession on the attack. 

“The kids were doing everything possible but some days you make them and some days you don’t,” said Heyde.

But the hard work and extra sensory of her two key attacks didn’t go unnoticed. 

“Jenna Murphy and Grace Curran almost know where the other person is going without actually getting there,” she said.

It helps too when Camille Flayhan keeps the defense off balance with her side step. 

“She finds lanes to change that I didn’t even know existed,” said Heyde. “So, she’s really good at weaving in and out.”

However, the defense had most of Heyde’s praise on Thursday.  Gabby Marino, Lauren Vermette and Gabby Pelosi, Heyde said, they did a really good job holding the shots on goal to a minimum.

Grace Curran led the way with four goals and one assist and Jane Fetterolf added three goals to the effort. In goal, Izzy Conley had nine saves.

Despite the loss, the coach welcomes the confidence boost.

“I think for us, this game shows that we can that we can hang with the bigger schools,” said Heyde.

This had her looking forward to the  game against Somers on Monday, April 22.  

 “I foresee a much closer game and potentially a win,” Heyde said.