By Nick Curcuru
---- — GLOUCESTER— The Gloucester girls lacrosse team was essentially handed a win before it even stepped on the field for its Northeastern Conference South tilt with Rever at Magnolia Woods.
The Patriots, whose regular starting goalie was out with an illness, forgot to pack their goalie equipement for the bus ride to Gloucester and as a result had to play without a goalie for the entire first half until a set of pads was delivered in time for the second half. The results are just what one would expect as Gloucester ran away with a dominant victory to improve its record to 4-1 on the season. More importantly, the Fishermen are an unblemished 4-0 in Northeastern Conference play.
“It throws you for a loop a little bit finding out two minutes before the game that they are going to play without a goalie and with an extra player on defense,” Gloucester head coach Amanda Levie said. “It was difficult to set up offensive plays at first because we were looking at an open net for an entire half but once we settled in I thought we did a really good job finding the open player.”
Although Revere played the entire first half with an empty net, it would not have mattered much if there was a goalie in net as Gloucester’s dominance was on display from the get go.
Gloucester jumped out to the first four goals, two from Melodie Orrell, who finished with four goals and one each from Kelly Foster and Angela Marino. It was all about the fast break opportunities early on as the Gloucester attack was able to weave its way through the Revere defense which led to a number of easy goals.
Gloucester took a 14-4 lead into the half, and even with a goalie in net during the second half, Gloucester still carried play and put together some nice scoring opportunities thanks to a strong transition game.
At game’s end Tess Destino led the way offensively for Gloucester with six goals and four assists. Destino and Orrell drew praise from Barker for their work on the offensive end.
“Tess and Melodie did a great job pushing the ball downfield and finding openings,” Levie said. “It was good to see them keep their focus and continue to play their game even with a big lead.”
Marino also had a big day offensively with three goals and an assist. Caylee DaSilva scored three goals while Laura Johnson, Kenna O’Maley, Kelly Foster, Caity O’Leary and Katie McTigue each chipped in a goal.
Gloucester’s rapid improvement has been on display all season as seen in its hot 4-1 start. Levie’s squad is an experienced one this season and the chemistry developed over the last two seasons is paying dividends this spring.
Offensively Gloucester has been relentless all season averaging just under 15 goals per game while allowing just 11 per contest.
“We’ve been playing well and it’s been nice to see a lot of positive energy coming into games,” Levie said. “Our returners have been playing together for a while now and you can see them coming into their own and gaining more confidence playing with one another. The ball movement and endurance have been great. We are moving in the right direction.”