Coaches are always very interested to see how their teams respond following a loss.
For the Broadneck girls lacrosse team, Monday’s game with Annapolis carried even more importance with the Bruins coming in following three straight losses.
The response Monday was just what the Bruins needed, as five players scored at least two goals in a 14-1 victory over the Panthers. Sammy Dupcak scored three goals and assisted on another for Broadneck, which scored the game’s first five goals and won eight of the 10 draws in the first half.
“We’re young, so we’re going to have our ups and downs,” Broadneck coach Katy Kelley said. “We just have to get back to our roots and figure out how to make it sync at the right time. Any team can do anything if they’re peaking at the right time.”
Dupcak had two goals and an assist in the first half and scored her third goal four minutes into the second half. Her first goal came after Devon McCue made a stop on a free position four minutes into the game and gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
“It’s nice to get some confidence back,” Dupcak said. “It’s awesome that offense, defense and the midfield were all clicking this game. We’ve had trouble with that the last few games.”
Olivia Abe and Kaala Puglisi each had two goals and an assist and Haley Palmer and Alexis Sullivan each added two goals for the Bruins, who fell to Severna Park on Friday and will play South River this Friday.
McCue, who finished with five saves in the first half, made another stop on a free position late in the first half. Kelley also praised the defensive play of Grace Lear, who had a ground ball late in the first half that led to the Bruins’ seventh goal.
“She is our leader down there,” Kelley said. “She did a great job handling a couple of their players and she is a senior leader.”
Skylar Flewelyn, Jenna Stickle and Sarah Allgaier each added goals and Amber Heverly played in the second half and made a pair of saves for the Bruins. Grace Gibbs and Teresa Pelli each forced turnovers in the first half that led to goals, while Rachel Della’s forced turnovers and subsequent ground ball from Sullivan led to the Bruins’ 10th goal.
The Bruins improved to 2-3 in the county and 6-5 overall. After Friday’s game with South River, they’ll close the regular season with home games against Chesapeake and Northeast.
“We definitely want to peak for the playoffs,” Dupcak said. “We’re just working hard every day in practice and we have some awesome senior leaders. We really want to finish off these last few games strong.”
Molly Murnane scored off an assist from Cammie Schniedwind for the Panthers’ only goal. Cora Williams recorded eight saves for Annapolis, which has lost four straight.
Broadneck (6-5) 8 6 — 14
Annapolis (5-7) 1 0 — 1