Walpole brings the power, defeats nemesis Wellesley

WALPOLE — It was senior day for Walpole girl’s lacrosse, nonetheless the workforce had no must shift its focus as quickly as the game started.

That’s on account of the No. 5 Timberwolves had been web internet hosting No. 2 Wellesley, and they also jumped out to a quick lead sooner than holding common and taking a 14-9 Bay State Convention victory.

Walpole coach Mike Tosone talked about the rivalry between the schools has been sturdy for in regards to the earlier decade, nonetheless the earlier 5 years have belonged to the Raiders. His workforce was determined to complete that this season, and getting it completed on senior day was icing on the cake.

“(Senior Day) was not a distraction that was going to remove any of our focus as a result of we’ve had depressing success towards Wellesley,” Tosone talked about. “I didn’t even fear about that.”

The workforce shortly took a 2-0 lead after which scored 4 of the next 5 to hold a 6-1 lead halfway by the opening half. A key to this was dominance on draw controls, ground balls and possession.

“Floor balls and draw controls, subsequent to the rating itself, is probably the most significant statistic,” Tosone talked about. “We performed very effectively tonight and that was an infinite piece of the sport. I’m not shocked after they do a superb job with the gritty issues.”

The Raiders stormed once more with 4 of the last word 5 targets of the half and struck shortly inside the second half to cut the deficit to at the least one. That’s when the Timberwolves’ offense began working, scoring six of the next seven and inserting the game out of attain. A late push from the Raiders was stopped, and Walpole took the victory.

The Timberwolves had been led by senior Brigid Welch and sophomore Caitlyn Naughton, who had 4 and 6 tallies, respectively. Each credited the fluidity of the offense as a key to their success.

“We now have an insane offensive line,” Welch talked about. “After we go it round and get open, it really works.”

“We’re affected person with one another and know what our property are,” Naughton talked about. “We simply await one another, work collectively and wait and see.”

Grace Hagen, Taylor Carter, Sophia Fruci and Ava MacLean had been the alternative scorers for Walpole. Wellesley had three targets from Kaitlyn Uller, and two targets each from Tara Battaglino, Sydney Moore and Abby Beggans.

Because the Timberwolves put collectively for a postseason run, Welch talked about the most important takeaway from the day will in all probability be repeating the depth stage.

“We actually want to hold this power into the subsequent sport after which the playoffs,” Welch talked about. “You possibly can inform a distinction in our high-energy video games. There’s been a couple of video games the place we haven’t come out sturdy, however we did as we speak, which helps us in the long term.”