Div. III Girls' Lacrosse: Plymouth tops Kingswood for crown
MANCHESTER - The only thing hotter than the weather on Wednesday was the offense of the Plymouth Regional High School girls' lacrosse team.
The top-seeded Bobcats scored less than two minutes in and netted six of the first seven goals as they captured the Division III title with a 14-9 win over No. 3 Kingswood of Wolfeboro at Southern New Hampshire University.
'We wanted to set the tone for the game and I think we did that,' Plymouth senior midfielder Rachel Schwaner said.
It was the first championship for Plymouth, a fourth-year program. It finishes the season at 15-2, while the Knights end with a record of 13-4.
After being plagued by slow starts all season, the Bobcats reversed the trend in the title game. Nika Mosenthal got the scoring going just 1:48 in and they moved out to a 6-1 advantage when Schwaner netted her third of the game with 14:50 left in the first half.
It was a different start from the regular-season meeting between the two squads when it was the Bobcats who had to play catch-up.
'We didn't want that to happen again,' Plymouth coach Thomas Cowie said. 'We possessed the ball, and when we possess the ball we win games.'
Kelsey Rodgers scored for the Knights to make it 6-2 with 11:50 remaining in the first half, but then Plymouth scored the next two and Kingswood never got within four goals after that.
The speed of the Bobcats was hard for Kingswood to match up with, especially in the humidity. Schwaner and Mosenthal blew through the defense several times and created great scoring opportunities.
The Bobcats struck twice in a row to end the first half and take a 10-4 lead at the break, and then scored the first two goals of the second half to bump the advantage to 12-4.
Plymouth remained on the offensive and peppered two different Kingswood goalies with 35 shots, including 20 in the first half. Mosenthal led the team offensively with four goals, while Schwaner scored three. Seven players got into the scoring column for the Bobcats.
Kingswood battled until the end and scored four of the game's final five goals. Two of those were netted by Rodgers, who finished with four goals and two assists. Five other Knights had one goal each.
Kingswood (13-4) 4 5- 9
Plymouth (15-2) 10 4-14
Scoring: K - Kelsey Rodgers 4-2, Presleigh Skelley 1-0, Megan Lander 1-1, Erin Maguire 1-0, Molly Gwizdala 1-0, Caitlyn Brooks 1-0. P - Rachel Schwaner 3-0, Nika Mosenthal 4-0, Kenady Kelly 2-1, Leah McAuliffe 1-0, Ann Furbish 2-0, Hannah Kuehl 1-0, Maryanna Swanson 1-1.
Saves: K - Kellie Lander 4, Sadie Meyer 7; P - Elizabeth Gailey 6.