Polytech girls lacrosse team falls to Archmere 14-9

Lynn Richardson

CLAYMONT — After its first seven games of the season, the Polytech High girls’ lacrosse team now has a two-week break to digest where it is.

And with such an inexperienced squad, coach Lynn Richardson can’t complain much.

Despite a 14-9 loss to Archmere Academy on Wednesday, the Panthers enter spring break with a 5-2 record. Polytech’s other loss was a two-goal defeat to Ursuline Academy, and both Archmere and Ursuline are considered state-title contenders this year.

“I’m not upset we have only two losses and they’re both to top-five teams in the state,” Richardson said. “I think we can bounce back. I’m not disappointed with how we played. We’ll get better.”

Polytech graduated 11 seniors from last year’s squad, which reached the DIAA state semifinals.

The Panthers hold victories over Caesar Rodney, Middletown, Indian River, Dover and St. Andrew’s this year. The St. Andrew’s win came on Monday, 9-5, against a squad which had won its first two games of the season.

“We knew this was a big week for us right before spring break,” Richardson said. “It was a tough run for us and these were good tests for us this time of the season.”

The Panthers are off until they travel to defending state champion Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, April 26.

Junior Madilyn McKay paced the Panthers with three goals in the defeat to Archmere while fellow junior Cecilia Carter added a pair of goals.

Polytech did lead 4-3 in the first half before going down 7-5 at halftime. The Panthers closed the gap to 7-6 early in the second before the Auks scored five unanswered goals to pull away.

“I think we played 15 minutes without scoring a goal in the second half,” Richardson said. “They went on a run there and lacrosse is a game of streaks. …

They play a physical game and we haven’t really seen that with our young kids out there. We know they are a top-five team and they hurt us.”

Camryn Dennis, Tara Bond, Madison Knight and Mackenzie Estrada provided the other goals for Polytech.

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