In a battle of two undefeated girls lacrosse teams, Wakefield throttled Broughton for a 14-7 win on Wednesday night. Wakefield remained undefeated with a 9-0 record after winning the lightning-shortened game while Broughton dropped to 6-1 overall.
Julie Anne Pretty led the way for the Wolverines with four goals in a matchup that was expected to be much tighter. The junior torched her way through Broughton’s defense to pace Wakefield and earn the pivotal conference win.
Pretty just returned to the lineup for Wakefield after an illness, which was a huge confidence boost for the team.
“She just got cleared yesterday, which was the best news ever,” Wakefield coach Denna Grasso said with a laugh. “(Pretty) had a lot of time to shoot while she was sick. ... It’s nice to have her back, and the other girls stepped up around her while she was out.”
The Wolverines proved they have one of the most lethal offenses in the Cap-8 by sharing the wealth. An early 4-0 lead was built on goals from four different players before Hannah Emerson tallied her second of the night.
Broughton answered with a Carol Siegler goal, which started a back-and-forth affair between the two offenses. Megan Blawas scored her second goal for the Wolverines before Sydney Fry registered her first of three goals for the Caps.
Emerson then earned her hat trick with her third goal with 9:15 remaining in the first half. Journey Carrion responded by tickling the twine to keep the Caps in the game, but the Wolverines’ defense would put the clamps on after that point.
Broughton’s offense was stymied by Jessica Lynch, who thwarted constant attacks from the Caps where her defense broke down. Lynch finished with a staggering 14 saves to quash Broughton’s comeback attempt.
“(Lynch) was on fire, just on fire,” Grasso said of her goalie. “When she’s good, she’s really, really good. When you play games prior to this where you don’t see a lot of shots on goal, you get nervous.
“But that’s the Jess we know. That’s the Jess we love.”
Meanwhile, Pretty secured a hat trick of her own with two straight goals to help give Wakefield a decisive 11-5 lead heading into the half.
Broughton fought hard to produce points but couldn’t find an answer for Wakefield’s offense. Every goal was seemingly matched by the opposition as Wakefield ravaged the Caps’ defense.
By the end of the night, Savannah Boyd, Megan Blawas (two goals) and Haley Cissell also added to the onslaught for Wakefield. Broughton also had two goals apiece from Siegler and Carrion.
Despite the lopsided loss, first-year Broughton coach said she Jennifer Yoder still believes the Caps would have made it a game if it hadn’t been shortened by 11 minutes due to lightning.
“It’s so frustrating that we didn’t get to play that last 11 minutes,” Yoder said. “This is always our toughest game, and we just got a little inside of our heads at the beginning. By the time we worked the kinks out, they called it for lightning.
“We obviously have some things to work on. ... But I personally don’t think they’re the better team on the field; I think we’re even.”
When asked if she plans to prove that in the next game, Yoder responded with a resounding, “Absolutely.”
Each team remains at or near the top of the conference, but Wakefield clearly asserted itself as the team to beat. The next matchup between the two teams will be in the regular season finale at Broughton.