On a night that was all about the seniors, the girl’s lacrosse team hosted BCSL rival Delran in a much-anticipated rematch. Cinnaminson won the first meeting 12-10, but dropped this contest 13-11.
“I will tell them that I lost my senior night in college and it’s hard,” head coach Laura Curran said. “It’s hard to move on from it being senior night. Aside from that it was a loss.”
“What we do with every loss is we take what we did well, move forward, use those same skills in the next game and hopefully come out next week with a win. They played a great game and I wouldn’t have asked anything else of them tonight.”
Delran (8-4) scored the first goal of the night less than one minute into the game, one that looked like it was destined to be a back-and-forth affair.
“They are ranked higher than us in the state so going into it I knew it was going to be a back-and-forth game,” Curran said.
“It was a back-and-forth game the first time around. They definitely came out looking for revenge and they had a better performance this time than they did the last time. I like games like this back-and-forth.”
Cinnaminson (7-5) answered when Julia Averill found the back of the net for her first of two goals on the night.
Jenna Mullin then gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead before Delran scored three straight to go up 4-2.
Delran built a 6-4 lead with just 1:44 left in the first half before the Pirates took control of the draw to end the half. Mullin scored her second to make it a 6-5 game and then Lexi Colella scored her lone goal with 16 seconds left before halftime to make it a 6-6 game.
Katie O’Connor opened the scoring early in the second half to make it 7-6 in favor of the Pirates before Delran tied it at seven.
After Casey Joyce scored her second goal of the game to make it 8-7 Cinnaminson the Bears reeled off three straight goals to take a 10-8 lead.
O’Connor netted her second and then Emily Duff recorder her first varsity goal to tie the game at 10 apiece. With 9:31 left in the second half O’Connor scored her third of the game to give the Pirates an 11-10 lead.
Delran scored the final three goals of the game over the next six minutes to win 13-11. Their 11th goal, to tie at 11-11, came 20 seconds after the Pirates took an 11-10 lead.
O’Connor led the Pirates with three goals, while Mullin, Averill and Joyce each scored twice.
“Like I said before, I don’t care what the score is, I like to see a number of girls getting points,” Curran said. “Today we definitely saw that. Knowing that the game was tight and we were down by one or tied they went to the goal and scored. I liked the intensity. I liked the fire.”
The Bears controlled the ball for the majority of the last 2:45 of the game in the Pirates defensive zone and did not attempt a shot. They simply killed the clock.
“Their goalie did a really nice job tonight,” Curran said. “She was shutting us down in the second half.”
Cinnaminson returns to the field on Monday, May 2 with a game at Northern Burlington at 7pm.
“We have three really important games next week, all division games, so we need to let this brush off our shoulders and get ready for Northern Burlington on Monday,” Curran said.
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