McKay tallies 9 goals as Polytech defeats CR 18-7 in girls lacrosse

Polytech’s Cecillia Carter runs toward the goal as Caesar Rodney’s Gracycie Bachman defends at Poly on Wednesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

WOODSIDE — Earlier this week, Madi McKay celebrated the 200th goal of her career.

On Wednesday, McKay showed how she was able to reach such a mark.

The Polytech High senior netted nine goals as the Panthers defeated Caesar Rodney High 18-7 in a girls’ lacrosse contest. Polytech improved to 4-1 on the season.

“It feels good because I love connecting with my teammates,” McKay said. “We have these breakaways where all of us pass back and forth with each other. It feels good to connect like that.”

Polytech’s Cecilla Carter passes to teammate Madilyn McKay against CR at Poly on Wednesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

McKay became the third player in program history to score 200 goals at Polytech.

The others are her older sister Ali McKay and Jamie Trabaudo. Trabaudo holds the school record with 244 career goals, which Madi McKay has a shot to break.

“It’s awesome,” said Polytech coach Lynn Richardson. “She’s an all-around great player. I don’t think she comes to a game thinking she’s going to score nine goals. But she’s such a leader out there.”

McKay helped Polytech open up a 4-1 lead in the opening minutes before the advantage grew to 11-4 at halftime.

She had a pair of assists to go along with her nine goals.

“I couldn’t have done it without everyone around me,” McKay said. “I can’t grow without everyone else. My teammates have helped me get to where I am now.”

Cecilia Carter followed with three goals for the Panthers. Carter also chipped in a team-high three assists.

Jazmine Winfield and Claire Fuchs recorded two goals each for Polytech. Mackenzie Estrada and Holly Rembold rounded out the Polytech scoring with a goal apiece.

“The team this year is pretty balanced on all ends,” Richardson said. “It’s neat they’re able to share the ball and we’re getting some team chemistry going.”

Polytech’s Madison Knight runs toward the goal as Caesar Rodney’s Karly Timmons defends at Poly on Wednesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Lillian Ayers paced Caesar Rodney (2-1) with four goals. Kacie Cava scored two goals while Eibhlin Steele had one goal and three assists.

Shannon Stephan picked up the win in net for Polytech with four saves.

“They have a couple of really nice players that we were able to shut down a bit,” Richardson said. “Any 12 that I put out there gave 100 percent and did what we asked them to do.”

“It’s a crosstown rival, a lot of the kids know each other and respect each other,” she added. “I think the kids really wanted to play a complete game and they really did from the goalkeeper on down.”

Wednesday’s game was the midpoint of a busy week for the Panthers. They host Padua Academy Friday and fell to highly-regarded James M. Bennett of Maryland on Monday, 15-8.
The out of state defeat on Monday snapped a three-game winning streak but the Panthers made sure to bounce back at home on Wednesday.

“We were more prepared than the last few games and we were more focused,” McKay said. “I think we all worked together and were able to get the job done together.”

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