The Mt. Hope Girls Lacrosse team lost a tough battle Monday night, falling to Tiverton on the road, 13-11, in their fourth league game of the year.
The Huskies couldn’t build off the momentum of a 10-9 win last Wednesday at Lincoln, and failed to shut down the Tigers offense en route to their third loss of the season.
“We have to work on keeping possession; [Tiverton] really controlled a lot of the tempo of the game,” said head coach Kerri Ferreira. “We need to work on getting back on defense; our transition game has improved, but we also need to work on knowing when to double up on defense.”
After a Tiverton opened the scoring one minute into the game, Mt. Hope fired right back, tying the score less than two minutes later on a goal by freshman Alyssa Raposo. Another Tiverton goal two minutes later gave the Tigers back the lead, but with 13 minutes to go in the half, the Huskies netted two goals in less than a minute, scored by senior Alex Hill and Raposo, respectively, to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers tied the game up 40 seconds later, but Hill answered right back to give the lead back to the Huskies at 17:43. Tiverton would then go on to beat Huskies goaltender Taylor Perry three more times to take a 6-4 lead into the half.
Coming out of halftime, Mt. Hope decided to make a goaltending change, subbing in senior Alex Threadgill for Perry. Unfortunately, the Huskies defense couldn’t withstand the Tigers attack, allowing two more Tiverton goals in the first two minutes of the second half.
Hill scored her third goal of the game to cut the Tiverton lead to 8-5, but Tiverton answered right back to take a 9-5 lead three minutes into the second half.
The Mt. Hope offense then gained some momentum, with consecutive goals by junior Mackenzie Marshall and senior Carmen Hogan to make it a two-goal game. Another Tiverton goal, followed by an answering score by Hill, her fourth in the contest, kept it a two-goal game heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
A penalty on Mt. Hope at 13:50 put the Huskies down a player, but they were able to successfully kill off the penalty and cut the Tiverton lead to one with just over eight minutes to play in regulation. Two Tigers goals in succession put the Tiverton lead back to three with just over three minutes to play.
In the Huskies final minutes, they showed true resolve, not backing down at all, even cutting the deficit back to two with a goal by sophomore Morgan Chaves in the final minute of regulation, but the Huskies efforts fell just short. Tiverton scored a clinching goal in the first seconds of stoppage time, but junior Rebecca Millard would answer with Mt. Hope’s 11th goal of the game in the final seconds of extra time to make the final score 13-11.
“We’ve really improved from the beginning of the year; it was a tough loss today, but our team worked really hard out there,” said Ferreira. “Our team is really coming together right now; they’re really clicking at the right time.
With the loss, Mt. Hope falls to 1-3 overall on the season, while Tiverton improves to 2-2. The Huskies next game brings them home to face East Providence on Wednesday, April 17, while the Tigers next play Thursday at Warwick Veterans High School.