Over their seven years of playing together, Megan Robson and Molly Gray have developed a lot of chemistry on the lacrosse field. It paid off Saturday, as they connected for eight goals in Marcus Whitman’s 17-5 win over Amherst in the Class C Western Regional Finals at Spencerport High School.
“Sometimes if I can’t see her and I can hear her, I know she’s going to catch it if I pass it to the middle,” Gray said. “We both had a good game today.”
Robson scored 6 goals and dished out 3 assists and Gray recorded 5 goals and 6 assists.
“When they called a timeout after the one goal where Molly went behind the net planted and put it back to Megan, I told them, ‘That’s amazing.’” said Wildcats coach Donovan Lopez, who doesn’t usually say things like that to avoid building egos. “When they’re in sync, they’re tough to stop.”
Whitman struck first when Hannah Barnett scored off a pass from Andrea Eckert three minutes into the game, but Amherst, the Section 6 champion, answered quickly.
The teams traded goals until the score was tied at three. From that point on the Wildcats dominated in draw control and outscored the Tigers 6-1 before halftime.
The momentum carried over into the second half, as Whitman finished the game on a 8-1 run.
“We’ve kind of been in a little bit of a funk and they definitely broke out of that today at both ends,” Lopez said. “Every single one of our girls contributed in a way. I remember everyone making a great play today, whether they played fifty minutes or five.”
Nelli O’Donnell tallied 3 goals and an assist; Eckert finished with a goal and 2 assists and Kara Horn added a goal. Claudia Coleates continued her strong play in goal.
Whitman (19-1) claimed its first Western Regional title in school history after winning its first Section 5 title Wednesday.
“This group we have, they appreciate everything they ever get,” Lopez said. “They’re excited now about staying in a hotel. We’re laughing, but they’re 100 percent genuine about that. They’re a great group, they work hard.”
The Wildcats face either Christian Brothers Academy-Syracuse or Potsdam in the state semifinals at noon, Friday at the State University of New York at Cortland.
“It feels amazing, it’s a great accomplishment for me and my whole team,” Robson said. “It’s a big relief to go to states. We’re all excited and eager for it. We can’t wait.”