By Jeff JHO Hoyland
Bedford Girls Lacrosse finished off vacation week with an early morning game against Waltham. The game started like every other girls’ lacrosse game – the opponent jumped out into the lead. But this game played out much differently as the underclassmen showed up in force and denied Waltham a win.
After Bedford spotted Waltham two goals in the first two minutes, junior Joelle DeLia charged the net and fired a shot at point-blank range to pull the Bucs within one. A little bit later Captain Kylie Ward gets dumped on her keister, a penalty is called, she gets up and dusts herself off and fires a second goal to tie the score. OK, OK, OK: this is going to be a battle.
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First Half and Second Half
The rest of the first half played out as neither side could break through for a commanding lead, and the game went into halftime knotted at fours.
Now if you were at the first game of the season when Boston Latin whooped up on the young Bedford team during the second half like I was, I had to admit I was a little scared about how the second half would play out.
The second half started like the first half, with Waltham scoring two goals, and Joelle DeLia scoring a comeback goal to keep Waltham’s lead at 1. And then Captain Kylie Ward sprained her ankle and sat the rest of the game on the bench with an ice packet. I thought to myself, this just doesn’t look good.
But the underclassmen had learned a lot during the first part of the season, and they became Varsity Buccaneers. While seniors Maddie Morrissey and Melanie Weber anchored the left side of the defense, sophomore goalie Olivia Harrington kept Waltham from scoring during the last 17 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, eighth grader (no that is not a typo) Alexandra Zorn went on a scoring spree with three goals. Sophomore Isabella Stuzynski stepped into Kylie’s role to command the midfield, and lead the Bucs on several quick scoring drives.
Bedford ended up winning 10-8. Their next game is Monday at home against Cambridge Rindge and Latin.