Gaydos, Hellman play well in Newington girls lacrosse's loss to RHAM

Published on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 14:15
Written by Ryan Ames


NEWINGTON – Four goals from Hailey Gaydos and a hat trick from Morgan Hellman wasn’t enough for Newington girls lacrosse in its 14-11 loss to RHAM on Tuesday at Clem Lemire Field.

The Nor’easters’ 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.

“We 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,” Nor’easters coach Jamie Hale said. “We have some really strong [midfielders] this year, and a really strong sophomore class, but they didn’t get to play last year so that’s always a factor.”

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.

“We really need to crash harder and talk more back there,” Hale said. “Really work on staying on our toes and following our cutters all the way through the eight.”

Newington’s offensive attack relies on smooth transitions up the field, but it took a half for the Nor’easters to get comfortable moving the ball.

“Our transitions are definitely what’s key,” Hellman said. “We 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.”

“Communication 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,” Gaydos said.

Unfortunately for Newington, the deficit was a bit too much to overcome by the time their passing game picked up.

“We had a lot better transitions in the second half,” Hale said. “We 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.”

While Gaydos and Hellman led the charge Tuesday, four other Nor’easters netted goals in Valerie Egorhoff, Kaitlin Astorino, Mackenzie Hillman and Grace Canepari.

“Being able to trust each other with the ball and being able to move it throughout all offensive players is really helpful,” Gaydos said. “It helps get the numbers up.”

“It helps when they’re able to see us open and see the opportunities,” Hellman said. “When [the opposition] call plays for the isolation on me or when they see Hailey’s cuts, that’s how we get most of the goals so it’s really helpful.”

RHAM’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 Nor’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).

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 14:15. Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2021 14:17.