Panthers win 4th straight, down St. Andrew’s 15-12 in girls lacrosse

Lynn Richardson

WOODSIDE — When a team graduates seven seniors, there’s always going to be some uncertainty about how the following season will go.
So the Polytech High girls lacrosse team wasn’t sure what to expect this year.

What the Panthers have now is a four-game winning streak. Polytech downed St. Andrew’s 15-12 on Monday in a nonconference matchup to improve to 7-2.

“In the beginning we thought it might be a rebuilding year because of how many seniors we lost,” said senior Holly Rembold. “But we’ve been stepping it up. As the weeks go on we just keep gelling more and more.”

Monday was a tough test for Polytech as St. Andrew’s entered with a 4-1 record. The Panthers also lost on the road 10-9 last year to St. Andrew’s.

But the Panthers took control with nine goals in the first half. They held at least a two-goal lead for the entirety of the second half.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” said Polytech coach Lynn Richardson. “We’ve had a lot of close games this year and to have a close game and win against a team like St. Andrew’s is good for a young team.”

“I’m extremely excited we won,” Rembold said. “We knew this was going to be a tough game.”

Rembold, Claire Fuchs and Jazmine Winfield each scored four goals to lead the Panthers. Fuchs added a game-high four assists.

Mackenzie Estrada, Lauren Apter and Elizabeth Szell netted a goal apiece. Carleigh Knotts made seven saves in net.

Polytech quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead but St. Andrew’s battled back with four unanswered goals of their own. Polytech took charge again after winning a few draws in a row to reestablish the four-goal lead at 9-5 by halftime.

“If you do not have draw control you’re obviously a step behind,” Rembold said. “When it got to 4-4 we realized we had to get the draws and we really settled down from that.”

Despite losing those seven seniors from a year ago, this Panther team still has plenty of upperclassmen leadership.

There’s actually more seniors on the squad this season with nine. But there’s still a handful of starters who are getting their first taste of varsity-level lacrosse.

Richardson said her entire defense is made up of first-year players. That defense has averaged 8.8 goals against per game this season.
After a 1-1 start, Polytech has won six of its last seven matchups.

“They’ve just matured as the year has gone on and done a really nice job,” Richardson said. “I think the kids are gaining confidence every game. They’re competing and finding a way to win which is huge.”

Next up for the Panthers is a home game against Dover on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before a 14-day period without a game over spring break. Polytech’s following contest is at Sussex Tech on Wednesday, May 1 at 4 p.m.

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