The Gloucester girls lacrosse team sent its seniors out in style in the team’s senior night game on Wednesday night against Salem.
The Fishermen (6-11) dominated from start to finish in a 16-5 shellacking at Newell Stadium.
“Since it was senior night, I think all the seniors were giving a little extra effort,” Gloucester head coach Mike Lattof said. “Senior night is the light night to play on your home field and in front of your family. So that inspires and motivates you, and the rest is history.”
Gloucester immediately snatched control of the game by opening up a 5-0 lead in the first seven minutes of play. The Fishermen scored the first 11 goals of the night and cruised the rest of the way.
Jesse Alexander opened up the scoring and two goals each from Julia Kuhns and Maddie Vittands opened up a five-goal lead.
Gloucester wasn’t done there as Ruby Melvin scored four times, making numerous moves to cut through the entire Witches defense, and Caroline Muniz scored twice to open up a commanding 11-0 lead in the opening half.
Salem battled back with four straight goals to end the half, entering the break trailing 11-4.
Goals from Muniz, Alexander and Zoe Hedges saw Gloucester start off the second half on the right foot. The Fishermen bled clock for most of the second half, successfully keeping Salem from gaining possession and cutting into the lead.
Gloucester finished off the night with goals from Vittands and Caroline O’Leary, a defender who scored for the first time this season.
“We moved O’Leary up because she has been playing great defense for us all season,” Lattof said. “That was her first goal.”
Gloucester finishes up the season on Friday at Swampscott (4 p.m.).