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Lafayette's field hockey team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at Bruton on Monday.
The game's opening goal was scored nearly 12 minutes into play.
A Lafayette attack saw Lauren Walker with the ball deep inside Bruton's circle. Walker slid the ball underneath the pads of Bruton goalkeeper Maysen Elliott and watched it stop just shy of the goal line. Meredith Pons was waiting by the far post and managed to tap the ball over the goal line and put Lafayette on top 1-0.
The Panthers were forced to play on their heels through most of the first half as the Rams packed their midfielders and forwards when on defense. Once the Rams stopped the Panthers on defense, the midfielders and forwards leaked out at the same time and resulted in a more potent attacking buildup.
Despite the repeated attacks, Lafayette was unable to find the back of the cage in the first half. The Rams carried a 1-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Lafayette went up 2-0 early in the second half as junior Devin Lucas fired a hard shot that deflected off a Bruton defender and into the net.
Bruton got on the board midway through the second half as Caitlyn Shafer rifled a shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner. Junior Caity Washam got her stick on the shot and redirected it past Lafayette goalkeeper Gabby Boesler to make the game 2-1.
The Rams were able to control the pace of play for the remainder of the game and burn enough clock to secure the 2-1 victory.
"It was our best game of the season so far," said Lafayette Coach Chris Jones after the win. "Bruton is a good team and they moved the ball very well. We bent but didn't break tonight."
Lafayette (4-4-1) will prepare for Senior Night on Oct. 19 at home against New Kent. Meanwhile, Bruton (3-6) will travel to take on Poquoson on Tuesday.
Lafayette 2, Bruton 1
Goals: Lafayette (Meredith Pons, Devin Lucas), Bruton (Caity Washam)
Assists: Lafayette (Lauren Walker)
Grafton Blows Out Jamestown
Grafton's field hockey team hit the road Monday evening for a road game against Jamestown at Wanner Stadium.
The Clippers made the most of their trip, cruising to a 4-0 victory against the Eagles.
Grafton made a habit of crowding the goal posts early and often against the Eagles, making life difficult for Jamestown goalie Sam Tiffany. With so many bodies near the cage, the Clippers had success redirecting shots into the goal.
Grace Hoepfner paced the Clippers with two goals and an assist, helping Grafton build a 2-0 lead by halftime.
The Clippers matched their first half output in the second half, adding another two goals from Abby Zwirschitz and Taylor Straus to stretch Grafton's lead to 4-0.
While Grafton controlled most of the game, Jamestown had its share of scoring opportunities. The Eagles recorded five penalty corners in the game, but were unsuccessful finishing when in Grafton's circle.
Grafton (7-6) has won back-to-back games and four of its last five. The Clippers will continue their season on the road against Smithfield on Oct. 19.
Conversely, Jamestown (3-7-1) has now lost back-to-back games and five of its last six contests. The Eagles are looking to rebound on the road against Warhill on Thursday.
Grafton 4, Jamestown 0
Goals: Grafton (Grace Hoepfner 2, Abby Zwirschitz, Taylor Straus)
Assists: Grafton (Grace Hoepfner, Erin Malone, Emma Kirschke)