LAWRENCEVILLE- The South Plainfield High School girls lacrosse team took a trip down to Mercer County earlier today to match up against Lawrence High School. The Lady Tigers (2-6) were looking to use the momentum from their big win against Edison on Wednesday to take an upset against the formidable Cardinals (7-2).
A nice start and a standout performance from senior attacker Ashley Veliz kept the game competitive during it’s early moments, but eventually the Cardinals’ offense overwhelmed the Lady Tigers, and South Plainfield was dealt a 12-7 away loss.
The game started out well enough for enough for the Lady Tigers, as they notched the first goal of the contest and held the lead for the majority of the opening 15 minutes. A goal from Veliz with 8:45 left in the first half gave South Plainfield a 3-2 lead, but soon after that Lawrence’s offense caught on fire.
Lawrence’s Victoria Wierzbowicz tied the game up with a goal near the six minute mark, and started a commanding 8-0 run for the Cardinals. Madison Miller buried the go-ahead three minutes after Wierzbowicz’s strike, and Lawrence scored three more goals before the end of the half.
Led by the offense of Lauryn Jodoin, the Cardinals controlled the ball for most o the early parts of the second half, and that used that possession to add onto the lead. The Lady Tigers didn’t shut down because of the big deficit though. With six minutes left and the score 11-3 in Lawrence’s favor, Veliz scored a trio goals in three minutes to cut the lead to 12-6, and Lynda Farinella picked up the last goal of the game.
Veliz finished with five goals, while Farinella and Erica Cieszkiewicz both scored once.
Jodoin led the Cardinals with five goals.
South Plainfield will be on the road again on Monday when they travel to Somerset to take on Rutgers Prep. On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers will be home for Senior Night as they’ll be hosting J.P Stevens.