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Wayne Post
  • Defense leads Canandaigua girls lacrosse to win over Victor

  • Canandaigua girls lacrosse goalie Rebecca VanLaeken turned in a huge performance in a Thursday night match-up with rival Victor. The junior netminder stopped 12 of the 14 shots she faced in a 9-2 Braves win.VanLaeken didn’t let anything get by her in the second half.“I was feeling really good, and my...
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  • Canandaigua girls lacrosse goalie Rebecca VanLaeken turned in a huge performance in a Thursday night match-up with rival Victor. The junior netminder stopped 12 of the 14 shots she faced in a 9-2 Braves win.VanLaeken didn’t let anything get by her in the second half.
    “I was feeling really good, and my defense was helping me out tremendously,” she said. “It wasn’t just me, it was the whole team’s effort. We were all just gelling.”
    Canandaigua coach Sue Ellis said her goalie was “on fire.” She said her team had a good practice Wednesday and it translated to the game. Janae Guy, Kristine Wallace, and Maddie Rice started on defense.
    “It started with our defense,” Ellis said. “(VanLaeken) was able to make those great saves because our defense was marking the girls and they were really having a hard time getting those shots off. Every girl that shot was definitely challenged.”
    Offensively, Ellis liked her team’s patience, teamwork and ball security. Seniors Macy Marafioti and Lauren D’Amore finished with two goals and two assists apiece to lead the way. Fellow seniors Kendall D’Amore and Dakotah Savitcheff scored two goals each and sophomore Mackenzie Hulme scored the Braves’ other goal. Emily Young won eight draws.
    Junior Hannah Savage led the Blue Devils with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Sarah Kopp scored once. Junior goalie Liz Nussbaum stopped 12 shots.
    Savitcheff put Canandaigua ahead just 28 seconds into the game after Marafioti found her cutting to the net. Savage answered three minutes later, scoring an unassisted goal by driving to the net.
    The Braves pulled away with four goals in less than four minutes. Hulme got it started by scoring from the free position with 16:20 left. Lauren D’Amore scored coming from behind the net, Marafioti set up Savitcheff for her second of the game, and Lauren D’Amore made a beautiful pass to find Marafioti for a goal. Blue Devils coach Jamie Smith used a timeout after the fourth goal.
    Kopp answered for Victor with eight minutes left in the half off an assist by Savage. Marafioti scooped up a ground ball in front of the Blue Devils’ net and scored to put the Braves up 6-2 at halftime.
    The D’Amore twins accounted for all of the scoring in the second half. Lauren D’Amore set up Kendall with 18 minutes left, Lauren scored off her own rebound with 15 minutes left, and Kendall scored from the free position with 12 minute left.
    “Canandaigua was the better team tonight, they came out hard and finished their shots,” Smith said. “We have to revisit the fundamentals, intensity and team chemistry for a full 50 minutes. In the second half, we did these things and defensively we only allowed three goals versus six in the first half.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The loss snapped Victor’s five-game winning streak. The Blue Devils’ previous defeats came against teams from outside of Section 5 over spring break. Victor (6-3) visits Fairport on Monday.
    Canandaigua (6-4) hosts Penfield on Monday.
    “I think we’re really starting to gel now, we’re really starting to get rolling,” VanLaeken said. “We’re ready to win some big games coming up.”

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