MSD women’s lacrosse team remains strong against NSU University School in 23-6 victory

MSD varsity lacrosse players pressure NSU University School player in their pursuit to take back the ball. They attempt to get a turnover in order to score once more.

Glory Lee and Ryan Shimony

Following a 5-2 start to the season, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School girls varsity lacrosse team played against the NSU University School Sharks on Thursday, March 9, at Cumber Stadium.

Coming into the game, MSD was seeking their fifth win in a row, after kicking off the season with a record of 1-2. On the other hand, the Sharks were also aiming for their fifth straight victory, despite losing the first three games of their season.

As the game kicked off, the Eagles showed their dominance by scoring right away. Attacker Kaitlyn Irwin (3) put the Eagles on board early. Following this score, the Eagles never lost their lead.

On the defensive side, NSU University School had a tough time scoring on the Eagles by having just five first half points. The Sharks had a tougher time stopping the Eagles, as MSD scored 15 first half goals in the first half. At the end of the first half, the score of the game was 15-5 in favor of the Eagles.

“We had a lot of success on both sides of the field and successfully worked together,” attacker Stephanie Bilsky (25) said. “Our hard work over the past few weeks showed.”

The Eagles continued their performance into the second half. The defense played even better than it did, and the offense kept on scoring. The Eagles tallied up eight points in the second half, while just allowing one goal. The final whistle blew, resulting in a 23-6, Eagles victory.

The Eagles had many scorers throughout the game. Also, two players had six goals each. Attackers Taylor McGovern (4) and Irwin put up six goals, midfielder Rania Grimes (39) scored two, midfielder Chloe Resnik (6) found the back of the net three times, goaltender Addy Sacks (55) scored once, Bilsky had two goals, midfielder Sofia Riley (5) had a goal and defender Gracyn Haynes (2) tallied up one goal.

“I think the biggest thing we need to improve on is our communication on and off the field,” Haynes said. “Just letting everyone know who is responsible for what and where each person is on the field. I think this is our biggest issue and [it] would motivate the rest of the team to get better.”

The team improved their record to 6-2 and have won five games in a row. The Eagles play their next game on Monday, March 13, at home against Pompano Beach High School.