NEWINGTON â€“ Four goals from Hailey Gaydos and a hat trick from Morgan Hellman wasnâ€™t enough for Newington girls lacrosse in its 14-11 loss to RHAM on Tuesday at Clem Lemire Field.
The Norâ€™eastersâ€™ offensive outscored the visitors 8-7 in the second half, but a four-goal run from RHAM early in the contest kept the hosts from claiming the victory.
â€śWe have a lot of younger players on offense this year. Once they kind of get the jitters out I think they do a lot better,â€ť Norâ€™easters coach Jamie Hale said. â€śWe have some really strong [midfielders] this year, and a really strong sophomore class, but they didnâ€™t get to play last year so thatâ€™s always a factor.â€ť
Trailing 7-3 after 25 minutes, Hellman scored two quick ones before Gaydos added another to make it a two goal game at 8-6. However, a couple defensive lapses gave way to a pair of two-goal spurts for RHAM, grabbing enough momentum to hold on the rest of the game.
â€śWe really need to crash harder and talk more back there,â€ť Hale said. â€śReally work on staying on our toes and following our cutters all the way through the eight.â€ť
Newingtonâ€™s offensive attack relies on smooth transitions up the field, but it took a half for the Norâ€™easters to get comfortable moving the ball.
â€śOur transitions are definitely whatâ€™s key,â€ť Hellman said. â€śWe get possession and we gain it, we take our time. The first half we lacked that so that was definitely helpful in the second half. We were finding our cutters, we were passing good.â€ť
â€śCommunication really enhanced when we were talking a lot more, which I think helped us get quicker passes and better plays to get through the net,â€ť Gaydos said.
Unfortunately for Newington, the deficit was a bit too much to overcome by the time their passing game picked up.
â€śWe had a lot better transitions in the second half,â€ť Hale said. â€śWe got our confidence back for awhile. I feel like it was so hot out and I feel like we just lost endurance at the end of the game. We had a really great one-goal win [Monday] in the last 30 seconds against Windsor so I was hoping we could pull this one out too.â€ť
While Gaydos and Hellman led the charge Tuesday, four other Norâ€™easters netted goals in Valerie Egorhoff, Kaitlin Astorino, Mackenzie Hillman and Grace Canepari.
â€śBeing able to trust each other with the ball and being able to move it throughout all offensive players is really helpful,â€ť Gaydos said. â€śIt helps get the numbers up.â€ť
â€śIt helps when theyâ€™re able to see us open and see the opportunities,â€ť Hellman said. â€śWhen [the opposition] call plays for the isolation on me or when they see Haileyâ€™s cuts, thatâ€™s how we get most of the goals so itâ€™s really helpful.â€ť
RHAMâ€™s senior duo of Madison Masna and Morgan Czarnecki combined for seven goals during the 50-minute affair.
Newington used two goalies as Kaleigh Tsakiris started the game until Kali Lessard came in during the first half. Tsakiris finished with three saves and Lessard turned aside 10 shots.
The Norâ€™easters (6-8) are off until Monday, May 24 when they host Berlin at Clem Lemire Field at 5:30 p.m.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.
RHAM 14, Newington 11
At Clem Lemire Field
Goals: Hailey Gaydas 4 (N), Morgan Hellman 3 (N), Valerie Egorhoff (N), Kaitlin Astorino (N), Mackenzie Hillman (N), Grace Canepari (N).
Saves: Kaleigh Tsakiris 3 (N), Kali Lessard 10 (N).