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May 13. 2014 11:56PM

NHIAA Girls' Lacrosse: Windham takes control in win over BG

Windham's Melissa Cino scores her second goal of the game, beating Bishop Guertin goalkeeper Lauren Trepaney and defender Marie Laplante in Windham's 14-11 girls' lacrosse win Tuesday. (Harry Kozlowski)

WINDHAM — Windham pulled away late and hung on to defeat Bishop Guertin, 14-11, Tuesday in a battle of top teams in Division II girls’ lacrosse.

The Jaguars, in their first year as a Division II team, are atop the standings at 10-1. The Cardinals fell to 10-2. Each team has four games remaining in the regular season.

Senior captain Courtney Sweeny led Windham with four goals. Ali Connors had goal goals and an assist. Melissa Cino had a goal and six assists.

Kristin Cameron had four goals and two assists for BG. Bryn Carroll had two goals.

Bishop Guertin got on the board first but Windham took back the lead and never relinquished it.

“It definitely came down to controlling (the ball), maintaining it and keeping possession of it,” said Windham coach Jill Bartlett.

A big reason for that was possessions off the draw. The Jaguars had a 20-7 advantage.

“This was one our best games staying composed under pressure,” said assistant coach Paul Cino. “They had terrific draw control.”

“When we win the draw we can take a minute or two off the clock, get some rest, finish and score,” said Cino.

“Coming into this game we knew it would be key for us,” said BG coach Mandy Rogers. “Windham does a very nice job controlling the ball.”

The Jaguars took an 8-7 lead to the half. In the second, the Cardinals tied the game four times. They made it 10-10 with 13 minutes remaining.

But Windham got the next three goals while goalkeeper Tori Cipollone made some key saves.

“She’s very, very strong,: said Rogers. “I think she’s one of the toughest goalies we’ve seen so far.”

Playing with the lead, the Jaguars maintained possession and let the clock run down. BG could scored one goal in the final 13 minutes.

“They were a really tough team, really intense,” said Bartlett about the Cardinals. “It was great to see our girls respond like they did.”

“I think it comes from confidence and having a trust in each other, supporting each other,” said Bartlett.

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