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Wayne Post
  • Defense lifts Marcus Whitman girls lacrosse to win over Pal-Mac

  • After finishing the first half tied, the Marcus Whitman girls lacrosse team’s defense stepped up its play against Palmyra-Macedon. The Wildcats allowed just two goals in the second half, and junior Jordon Fitch scored three of her five goals after halftime in an 8-6 win on Tuesday.Whitman played the game w...
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  • After finishing the first half tied, the Marcus Whitman girls lacrosse team’s defense stepped up its play against Palmyra-Macedon. The Wildcats allowed just two goals in the second half, and junior Jordon Fitch scored three of her five goals after halftime in an 8-6 win on Tuesday.
    Whitman played the game with just one bench player available to substitute in.
    “The girls played phenomenally,” Wildcats coach Donovan Lopez said. “They put 50 minutes in today on both ends. Our defense has really struggled this year, and they played amazing. Maddie (Brown) was great in the goal. All our low defenders were JV players last year with the exception of Chelsea Lead. They’ve improved a ton lately.”
    Jenelle Lightfoote scored a pair of goals for Whitman, Emily Polizzi scored one and Brown stopped eight shots in net.
    Junior midfielder Rachel Rowles led the Red Raiders with four goals. Jessica Locey recorded one goal and one assist, Ashley Vanderwall scored once and Rylee Arnold had one assist.
    Rowles opened up the scoring just two minutes into the game, and Lightfoote tied it three minutes later. The teams continued to go back and forth, as Rowles scored again and Fitch answered for Whitman. The Wildcats took a 4-2 lead with 6:30 left in the half on back-to-back goals by Polizzi and Fitch. Rowles scored from the free position with 1:31 left in the half and Vanderwall scored off a draw 10 seconds later to tie the game before the break.
    The Red Raiders recaptured the lead less than a minute into the second half when Rowles ripped a side-armed shot into the net.
    “Rachel is a big part of our offense, I think she is averaging a little over four goals a game this year,” Pal-Mac coach EJ Burse said. “We depend on her to do a lot and she played well offensively.”
    Fitch tied the game up with 17:55 left, as she beat her defender behind the net, cut to the front and scored with a left-handed shot. She scored in almost the exact same way with 16:19 left to put Whitman in front. The junior scored five minutes later, this time cutting from the left side of the field for a right-handed shot in front of the crease.
    “Emily and Sami (Gage) were guiding me and giving me space, and I was trying to get them some goals,” she said. “They were helping me a lot right there.”
    Burse said his team’s defensive slides came too late when Fitch cut to the net.
    “She did a nice job of rolling to the crease and protecting her stick, and we didn’t make the defensive adjustments to slow her down,” he said. “They were able to control the game once they got the lead.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Pal-Mac cut the deficit to one goal when Locey scored off an assist from Rowles with 6:32 left. Lightfoote gave Whitman some breathing room, scoring on a bounce shot with 3:48 to go.
    Lopez liked that his offense took care of the ball and took good shots in the game.
    Marcus Whitman (6-3) hosts Midlakes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, while Pal-Mac (6-3) visits Waterloo at 6 p.m.

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