Portsmouth-based lacrosse team shines in N.Y. tourney

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PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth-based Team Real Lacrosse Club high school team were division champions in the "Battle at the Capital" Women's Lacrosse Tournament in Albany, N.Y. recently.

The two-day tournament consisted of various teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The Team Real Lacrosse Club went 3-1 for the tournament and recorded wins against NESLL from New England (forfeit), Stampede Lax from Western New York and Yellow Jackets from Long Island, N.Y.

The team earned the division championship and was the No.1 seed going into the playoff round., where it lost a close game against the Yellow Jackets.

After regulation play, the score was tied 7-7, but the local team lost in a “Braveheart" tiebreaker, in which a player from each team face off in a one-on-one battle with goalies on the field.

Seven of 13 Team Real Lacrosse field players recorded goals and outscored their opponents 35-17. Leading the offensive threat was Maddie Villareal (14 goals), Liv Mairs (five goals), Stefanie Salisbury and Ali Hulsebosch (four goals each), Rose Blackburn and Caroline Villareal (three goals each) and Victoria Johnson with two goals.

The defense and transitions were led by Rose Blackburn, Sydney Hughes, Carina LaBonte, Taylor Lariviere, Gina Quick, Mary Rishmany and Erika Schlageter. Annie Coaty played very well in goal and had 14 saves.

The Team Real Lacrosse Club is a local program serving kindergarten through college-age players from the New England. Club events and additional information can be found at www.teamreallacrosse.com.

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