Girls Lacrosse Continues Hot Start with Victory Over Brookline

James Cullinane

 

Walpole improved their record to 9-1 with an impressive victory over Brookline
Walpole improved their record to 9-1 with an impressive victory over Brookline.

     Expectations for coach Tim Drummey’s 2010 Girls Lacrosse Team have been incredibly high after a great season last year.  Nine games into the season, Drummey’s girls have reached and even exceeded their preseason prediction.  Posting an 8-1 record, going into Thursday’s game against Brookline, Walpole has proved to yet again be a powerhouse in the Bay State Conference.  The impressive start of the season has excited many who believe that Walpole has the talent to challenge the perennial league champion Wellesley Raiders.  The Rebels continued their impressive start with a dominating victory over Brookline, winning by a score of 18-1. 

     The Rebels started off the game with a bang, sending a message to the Warriors that despite coming off a loss Wellesley, Walpole would be one of the toughest teams they would face all year.   Senior Captain Shelby Guisti scored the first goal of the game within a minute of the starting horn, putting Walpole on top 1-0.  Guisti’s Co-Captain, senior Kristen Morrisey would then score her first goal of the game between a pair of goals by senior Michaela Brady, making the score 4-0.  The Rebel’s relentless offensive attack wove their way through the Brookline defense throughout the first half.  With ten minutes remaining in the first half, Walpole lead by a score of 6-0.  Senior goalie, Kayla Cullen, stopped every shot sent in her direction, proving that Walpole was not a purely offensive team.  Following goals by Guisti and standout juniors, Sarah Buckley and Cecilia Abely, the Rebels lead by a score of 12-0.  Sophomore Hope Kelley ended the first half with a slashing goal, barely beating the clock, putting the Rebels on top 13-0 after one half.

     Brookline showed an admirable tenacity in their approach to the second half of the game.  Despite facing a nearly insurmountable task, Brookline’scoaching staff motivated their girls to improve on their first half performance.  Brookline’s first goal came only one minute into the second half.  It is at this point in the game that Drummey inserted his younger players into the game.  Freshman Michaela Tosone scored to put the Rebels up 14-1.  Not long after, Tosone’s fellow freshman, Erin Richardson, scored a pair of goals, proving that this freshman tandem has a bright future ahead of them on the lacrosse field.  Junior Rachel MacMillan scored the Rebel’s final goal, putting Walpole up by the score of 18-1. 

     This score would hold until the final whistle blew giving the Rebels a 9-1 record on the year.  The Rebels look for their tenth victory on May 5th in Milton.