RUMFORD — An adjustment to open up the offense paid huge dividends Monday for the Mountain Valley girls’ lacrosse team.
Ayla Allen scored a game-high eight goals and the rest of the Falcons followed through with some solid offensive execution en route to a 17-4 triumph against Lincoln Academy at the Hosmer Complex. It completed a season sweep. Allen scored 11 goals in a 16-10 win over the Eagles earlier in the season.
With the game played in intense heat, officials halted the action for mandatory water breaks. Lincoln played two players down and had no substitutes.
Mountain Valley (4-7) started slow, but regrouped and scored eight unanswered goals to take an insurmountable 10-3 lead by halftime.
“We needed to pass more,” said Tia White, who had two goal and four assists. “The ball had been getting into the (offensive) zone, but we were not looking around for other (teammates). Our ability to get balanced scoring from others has really helped.”
Mountain Valley trailed seven minutes in to the game when the momentum changed. Allen proceeded to slice and dice her way through the Eagles defense and scored the equalizer on the door step. Chelsea Boudeau (three goals) put the Falcons in front to stay and Allen scored by bouncing the ball off the turf, past Lincoln goalie Katie Riley (27 saves), with 9:24 left in the first half.
“Once we looked for the cutter going through, it really opened things up for us,” said Nicole Lavorgna, who was honored along with White as the team’s two seniors.
Falcons goalie Jordan True (six saves) made a big stop on Hannah Cash, who flicked a shot from point-blank range. Mountain Valley outshot the Eagles 44-14.
In the second half, the Falcons scored seven goals, as five different plays found the net. They included Elizabeth Glover, Lavorgna, Whitney Ruff, Emily Gallant and Katie Puiia.
“The girls really did some good things today,” Mountain Valley coach Rick White said. “They were looking up the field and not just depending on one person, so more people became involved. I thought our midfield play (Zaraya Simard) was huge. The defense rotating over really limited the Eagles offense.”
The Eagles’ Celia Howland would stop the bleeding at, however, the Lady Falcons would answer with three goals. Bordeau scored her second goal and Allen, twice.
The Eagles took a short-lived 3-2 lead on back-to-back goals by Katrina Bell, and was shut out until Bell beat Falcons goalie Ari Glover (four saves), with 3:24 remaining in the game.
Falcons defenders Abby Day, Makayla White and Rebecca Maifeld were solid.