SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Lacrosse Club’s girls varsity team didn’t finish Friday’s game against Mercer Island exactly as it had hoped.
Luckily for Snohomish, its fast start proved to be more than enough to overcome the sluggish finish in a 12-8 victory.
“We are typically a second-half team, so it’s been awesome to see them kind of do the work early,” Snohomish head coach Katie Carroll said. “Especially since we kind of fell apart in the last 10 minutes or so, having that early lead was a huge thing for us.”
Snohomish jumped on top less than 20 seconds into the game on a wrap-around goal by Glacier Peak sophomore Hannah Graves. Moments later she assisted teammate Mary Kate White, a senior at Glacier Peak, to take a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the game.
Snohomish established control of possession early and used it to score five of the game’s first six goals and take a 7-3 lead at halftime.
“It’s something we’ve been working on,” Carroll said of controlling possession. “It’s huge for us because against teams that are fast like that we need to take the air out of the ball sometimes.”
Graves scored two goals and had one assist in the first half and Kyrie Moos-Howick, a senior at Glacier Peak, scored three goals in the game’s first 25 minutes.
Just as it did early in the game, Snohomish started fast in the second half, scoring four of the first five goals to take an 11-4 lead. Mercer Island answered with three of the game’s last four goals, but there wasn’t enough time to make a legitimate attempt at a comeback.
Graves finished with three goals and two assists to lead Snohomish. Moos-Howick and fellow Glacier Peak senior Kayla Petz each added three goals and Hanna Dalrymple, also a senior at Glacier Peak, finished with two.
“In our win over Bainbridge (Island), I think we had eight people score,” Carroll said. “In this one it was only five, but they’re really, really spread out. It makes us a hard team to defend when you can’t predict where the next shot is going to come from with enough talented people that all of those shots are dangerous.”
Snohomish improved to 7-2 with the nonleague victory and their league record remains undefeated at 4-0. Graves said offensive balance has been a key to that success.
“It’s a team sport so essentially everyone on the team should be a part of it,” she said. “You aren’t going to win with one person taking the ball to the goal all the time.”
Snohomish was also helped by the play of goalkeeper Zoe Powell, a freshman at Snohomish High School. Powell saved eight of the 16 shots she faced most of which came in the first half.
“Zoe started when I was in eighth grade and she was in seventh grade,” Graves said. “She was brand new and we just happened to pick her for our team and she turned out to be phenomenal.”
Snohomish continues the difficult back half of its schedule on Thursday against Eastside Catholic and follows that up with a league game against Lakeside that could decide the league championship.
After a 15-4 loss to No. 1 ranked Lake Sammamish, Friday’s win was exactly what Snohomish needed.
“This win was really good especially because we had a great win over Bainbridge (Island) and then we kind of fell against Lake (Sammamish),” Graves said. “This one was really good to bring us back up before our next two games.”
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Snohomish 12, Mercer Island 8
At Glacier Peak H.S.
Snohomish 7 5 — 12
Mercer Island 5 3 — 8
Snohomish—Hannah Graves 3 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls; Kayla Petz 3 goals; Kyrie Moos-Howick 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Hanna Dalrymple 2 goals, 3 draw controls; Mary Kate White 1 goal; Natalie Church 1 assist; Zoe Powell 8 saves. Mercer Island—Maddy Kanter 2 goals; Hannah Paborsky 2 goals; June Kissel 2 goals; Leah Paborsky 2 goals; Holly Waggoner 1 goal; Allessandra Dunbar 5 saves. Records—Snohomish 7-2-1 overall. Mercer Island 4-5-0.