NHIAA Girls' Lacrosse: Astros turn tables
Pinkerton's Sierra Sanchez battles for a loose ball against Exeter's Sarah Rogers in Derry on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The Astros got up 5-0 early and never looked back in an 18-10 triumph over the visiting Blue Hawks in girls’ Division I lacrosse action Tuesday.
“I challenged the girls to come back from the last time we played,” said Astros head coach Rob Daziel. “They executed what we practiced and I couldn’t be more pleased with their performance. They did a nice job.”
Kim Arkell scored for Exeter to make it a 9-4 score 1:15 into the second half and Erin McKenna scored four minutes later for the Blue Hawks to cut the lead to 9-5.
Aleah MacKay scored a pair of goals for Pinkerton and Kennedy Daziel scored with 6:32 remaining to push the Astros’ lead to 13-6. It was back and forth from there with the Astros netting another five goals in the final six minutes to Exeter’s four goals to account for the 18-10 final.
Exeter head coach Courtney Preneta said the toll that has taken on the team, coupled with a stronger game plan from Pinkerton, led to the change of fortune in the second meeting.
Exeter was led on offense by Kelly Moran with three goals. Goalie Sarah Carley made six saves.
“We executed the way we’ve been executing all season (Tuesday),” Rob Daziel said. “We wanted to be playing our best ball and this was one of our best games against a good team.”