Tigers Cruise to League Championship

Colleen McCarthy and North Salem’s girls lacrosse team moved down to Class D for sectionals and are looking to make a run at a title.

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem’s girls lacrosse team made it look easy last week and claimed a league championship after defeating Dobbs Ferry and Pawling to go 5-0 in league play.

The Tigers torched visiting Dobbs Ferry 20-2 on May 9 behind a total team effort.

Grace Curran (5G, 2A, 4 draw controls), Lydia Werlau (4G, 3A, 5 draw controls), Haley Vermette (3G, 2A), Katie Wagner (1G, 4A), Colleen McCarthy (2G), Jenna Murphy (2G), Cat Cantarella (5 groundballs) and Kiera McCarthy (5 saves) provided the punch for North Salem.

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Two days later the Tigers clawed to a 19-5 non-league win over visiting Ossining as they continued their offensive showcase.

Werlau (6G, 6 draw controls, 4 groundballs), Curran (5G, 3 draw controls), Wagner (3G, 2A), Vermette (2G), Amy Fetterolf (3 groundballs) and McCarthy (5 saves) rounded out the production.

North Salem closed the regular season with a 17-4 victory over visiting Pawling on May 12 as it had three home games at Volunteers Park for the week.

Wagner (4G, 1A), Werlau (3G, 1A, 3 groundballs), Curran (2G, 1A, 3 groundballs, 8 draw controls), Kelly McCarthy (2G), Kiera McCarthy (2 saves) and Jessica Reiner (2 Saves) contributed in the win.

North Salem scored 46 goals during its three games last week on its way to closing out the season at 15-1.

The Tigers enter sectional play this week and will compete in the newly created Class D with Bronxville being its top competition. The Broncos, who handed the Tigers their only loss this season, won the Class C section title last year.

“I think the team has been playing consistently,” North Salem coach Chris Werlau said. “I expect them to be challenged more in the sectional playoff games. We made a lot of improvement in our transition game during the course of the year so I expect that to help us in competitive games.  The girls are playing together well and the defense is doing a great job communicating and shutting down their opponent.”

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