OAKLAND — Brunswick scored six straight goals to survive a second half rally by Messalonskee on Thursday afternoon for a 14-10 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference girls lacrosse win.

Playing their third game in three days, the Dragons (9-0) withstood the rally. Messalonskee falls to 5-4.

“We were really tired coming into the game,” said Brunswick’s Dakota Foster, who scored six goals. “They beat us twice last year, so we weren’t taking anything for granted. We have that winning mentality and we showed our strength.”

Owning an 8-4 halftime lead, Brunswick appeared to have control of the game, but Messalonskee suddenly went on a five-goal scoring binge over a three minute span to take a 9-4 lead with 16:26 remaining in the game.

Brunswick called a timeout, but coach Beth Caputi never said a word to the Dragons. They stood quietly in their huddle listening to the enthusiasm coming from Messalonskee. It was enough to get Brunswick focused and the Dragons dominated during the final 15 minutes of play.

“Our timeout drained the life out of Messalonskee,” Caputi said. “Messalonskee has some good athletes and fast players, but we were able to put pressure on them and play our game.”

Foster turned the momentum toward the Dragons immediately following the timeout. Teammate Caroline Wild fired a pass to Foster in front of the goal for a quick score that tied the game 9-9. Forty-three seconds later, Wild buried a shot in the top of the net to give Brunswick the lead for good, 10-9.

“We have a pass-first team and it came through for us today,” Foster said. “Everyone on the team makes great passes and we find open shots.”

Five different Messalonskee players scored to open the second half as the Eagles’ flurry of goals gave them a 9-8 lead.

Allison Fischang opened the scoring for the Eagles with Sydney Gagne, Kristy Bernatchez, Haley Pelletier and Sara Grenier adding goals.

“It took a lot to come back like we did. If we are playing our A game we can play with anyone in the conference,” Messalonskee coach Ashley Pullen said. “Izzy (Skinner) was great in goal, our fastbreak offense was good and we didn’t give up many free position shots and that was great.”

With the game on the line, Brunswick turned up its defensive game in front of goalkeeper Molly Herman, who made 12 saves on 23 Messalonskee shots. The Dragons stiffened and forced the Eagles to play on the perimeter for most of the latter stages of the second half.

“We played one of our best defensive games of the season,” Herman said. “We needed to get our heads back into the game after they scored all those goals in the second half. After our timeout we limited their fastbreak chances and everyone gave a good team effort.”

Grenier paced the Messalonskee attack scoring four goals, while Skinner made seven saves for the Eagles.


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