Panthers hold off Warriors in rain

Kelly Morrison (7) fights through a Franklin defender and cuts towards the cage.

By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Medfield High School girls varsity lacrosse team hosted Division I Hockomock League power Franklin on Monday night on the rain-soaked turf at Calvin Fisher Field.

Coming off a tough 19-12 defeat to arch rival Dover-Sherborn on April 17, the Lady-Warriors (2-4, 2-1) were looking to bounce back, while the Panthers (6-2, 3-0) entered looking for their second straight win after taking down Lincoln-Sudbury on Saturday.

Franklin drew first blood just 2:03 in with a goal off of a free position, but junior midfielder Erin Cooney responded with a quick-stick at the edge of the crease off of a feed from sophomore midfielder Kelly Morrison to tie the game at one. The Panthers then went on a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead, forcing Medfield to a timeout.

Junior midfielder Erin Cooney (7) moves the ball up the near sideline in transition.

Junior midfielder Erin Cooney (7) moves the ball up the near sideline in transition.

Franklin added another off of a free position following the timeout to take a 5-1 lead with 15:32 to play in the half. Sophomore midfielder Kathryn Blake cut the deficit to 5-2 with 12:16 remaining in the half with a quick shot down low off a feed from senior captain Erin Seibel.

The Panthers netted a goal off of transition with 10:31 to play to go back ahead by four at 6-2. However, just 28 seconds later, Blake’s second of the game, this time off a feed from Morrison, cut the deficit to 6-3 with 10:03 remaining in the half. Unfortunately for Medfield, Franklin responded with a 4-0 run to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.

Following the break, Franklin began to take over with terrific execution on face-offs, and built their lead to as many as 10 at 15-5. The seven-goal halftime deficit proved to be too much for Medfield to overcome, as Franklin prevailed with the 15-6 victory.

Medfield will look to bounce back at Hopkinton on April 29.

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