(June 11, 2021) The undefeated Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season last Thursday with a 10-3 victory over the James M. Bennett Clippers in Salisbury.
“Overall, the coaching staff was very proud of how the girls finished their regular season,” said Decatur Coach Lindsay Owens. “There were many positive distractions with graduation, award ceremonies, and school functions, but with little to no practice, the girls pulled it together and completed an amazing regular season. Their hard work landed them a No. 1 seed in their regional playoff bracket.”
Decatur led 7-2 at halftime. The game was called early in the second half due to weather, but it counts as a win because more than 50 percent was played.
Junior captain Darby Moore led the team with three goals. Senior captain Brittyn Leonard chipped in with two goals and three assists. Sophomore Audrey Mumford contributed with two goals.
Senior captain Tori Mueller, junior Saige Figgs and sophomore Kayla Brady (one assist) scored one goal each.
Junior Jessica Beck recorded four saves in goal for Decatur, and junior Ryleigh Cunnane stopped three Bennett shots.
Decatur earned the No. 1 seed in the 2A East Region II and hosted the North Caroline Bulldogs on Wednesday in Berlin.
Despite thunderstorms before the game, the match went on as scheduled. The Lady Seahawks led 10-1 at halftime and won, 20-1.
“They played really well, especially under the circumstance,” Owens said. “We weren’t able to do our normal warmup, but the girls were focused.”
Leonard led the team with six goals and two assists. Moore, Mueller and Mumford (one assists) scored three goals each.
Figgs (two assists) and freshman Sadie Kauffman (one assist) netted two goals apiece, and junior Hannah Short had one.
Beck recorded eight saves.
Owens praised Beck’s performance in the goal and the defensive unit in front of her, including junior Meredith Eitel, who scooped up three ground balls and had two caused turnovers, juniors Emma Meyers, Malery Andrews and Megan Wheeler, and freshman Abby Melito.
“We had a ton of ground balls. The defense played well. They came up with some big turnovers,” Owens said. “Jessica came up with some huge saves early on and the whole defensive unit, they took charge and didn’t let North Caroline get any offense going.”
Decatur will host the third-seeded Easton Warriors today, Friday, at 4 p.m., and Owens expects a very competitive game.
The key to victory is winning draw controls and 50/50 balls to maintain possession of the ball, and for the Seahawks to play their game, she said.