Portsmouth defeats Tiverton in girls’ lacrosse

The Patriots' Grace Cavanagh advances the ball downfield. The Patriots' Grace Cavanagh advances the ball downfield.

The Patriots' Grace Cavanagh advances the ball downfield.

The Patriots’ Grace Cavanagh advances the ball downfield.

TIVERTON — The Portsmouth High School varsity girls’ lacrosse team soundly defeated Tiverton Friday by a score of 17-6.

The Patriots beat Cranston in their first game of the season, 14-6, bringing their record to 2-0 in Division II.

The 12-team division is strong this year, with Narragansett, Classical, Lincoln and Middletown all vying for the title along with Portsmouth, according to head coach Tara McCarthy.

“Lincoln beat us by one point in the state championship last year,” she said.

In terms of team depth, she said, “I would say we’re 50-50. We have a lot of new kids who want to play lacrosse. I did lose a lot (of seniors) last year, but this year’s juniors and seniors are helping out the younger kids.”

Friday’s game against the Tigers was originally set to be held at Portsmouth High, but it was moved to Tiverton due to work going on as part of the PHS “T3” athletic field upgrades which include improvements to the football field (including an artificial turf cover), track and tennis courts. The lacrosse team normally plays on the football field.

Even though Portsmouth didn’t have the advantage of playing in more familiar surroundings, the game at Tiverton was still technically considered a home game for the Patriots, who wore their red jerseys, Ms. McCarthy said.

“But it doesn’t really matter whether it’s home or away. It’s still lacrosse,” she said.

Future home games — against Warwick Veterans on April 15 and East Providence on May 13 — will be held at Glen Farms, she said.

The team next plays at Mt. Hope High School today (April 8) and at Middletown on Friday, April 11.

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