PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y.— To say the least, it was an exciting week on the field for the North Salem girls lacrosse team as it netted two one-goal victories.
The Tigers defeated host Putnam Valley 13-12 on Friday, April 21, to improve to 6-1.
Catrina Cantarella forced a turnover with just 46 ticks left on the clock. North Salem stalled, ran down the clock and Grace Curran scored on a free position shot. Amy Fetterolf then won the draw control and the clock ran out, handing the Tigers the victory.
“It’s all about teamwork when we win,” North Salem coach Chris Werlau said. “We have varying experience on the field. (There are) first-year players on varsity to seniors starting all four years.”
Curran led North Salem with six goals and one assist, while Lydia Werlau netted four goals. Haley Vermette (2G, 1A) and Jane Fetterolf (1G) also contributed.
The game was deadlocked at 7-7 at halftime, but the Tigers never trailed in the contest.
“Our success relies on them working together,” coach Werlau said. “I think we are a stronger team all over the field, but we were not involving everyone in the first half. We had way too many turnovers and players are just trying to do too much.”
North Salem held an 11-8 lead midway through the second half, but Putnam Valley responded with a three-goal run to tie the game through winning draws and capitalizing on North Salem’s mistakes.
“The turn came in the second half when we started working hard on our re-defend,” coach Werlau said. “Kelly McCarthy had caused two turnovers. One led to a goal on an assist from Kelly. Jenna Shaughnessy caused another turnover on a re-defend. She immediately passed to Jane Fetterolf, who passed once more to Lydia Werlau for a goal—picture perfect.”
Coach Werlau was also impressed with her defense and goalie Kiera McCarthy, who made seven saves.
“Jenna, Cat, Amy and Catherine continued to work hard on D and forced some turnovers,” she said. “Kiera came up with some great saves in the second half and cleared well to start our transition.”
North Salem defeated host Brewster 11-10 in overtime on April 18.
The Tigers held a 10-9 lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but turned the ball over. Brewster scored with 41 seconds left to force overtime.
North Salem was called for a penalty on its ensuing possession and went into overtime down a player. It lost the opening draw of overtime, but Kiera McCarthy came through with a clutch save.
The Tigers had a flawless transition down the field with Vermette, Shaughnessy and Fetterolf moving the ball from player to player.
North Salem sat on the ball before Curran found a lane and finished as the Tigers defeated the Bears by a single goal for the second-straight season.
Curran led the way again with five goals and two assists. Vermette (3G, 1A), Kelly McCarthy (2G), Lydia Werlau (1G), Katie Wagner (1A), Fetterolf (1A) and Kiera McCarthy (13 saves) rounded out the stat sheet.
North Salem travels to Irvington for a 4:30 p.m. game today and then heads to Carmel for a 10 a.m. contest on April 29.