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Boys Lacrosse

G-D 5, Bromfield 3

Jackson Grahmn had two goals and one assist while Alex Cianci, Kyle Zimmer and Luke Llodra added goals as the visiting Crusaders (1-0) topped the Trojans (1-1). William Kenny added three assists for Groton-Dunstable. Sidim Hill had a hat trick and Logan Reed made 16 saves for Bromfield.

Varsity coach Rick Clark commented that “we did a lot of nice things. The kids went into an open set that we never practiced but understood the principal aspect of rotation and throwback. We moved the ball extremely well and went on to a 5-3 win after being up 5-1 entering the fourth. Kyle Zimmer a huge factor with speed and ground balls. Our defense played solid but our shooting must improve. Goalie Declan Nash had 4 saves in the win. Overall, excellent improvement was shown from the start of the season to this initial game.”  

Wachusett 10, G-D 4

Matt Wells (3 goals , assist), Ryan Kerr ( 3 goals , assist), teammate Sean McGeary ( goal and four assists) to pace host Wachusett (1-0, 1-0 Mid-Wach A). Nathan Townsend (2 goals, 2  assists for the Crusaders (1-1, 0-1). The game was tied 3 -3 midway thru the 2nd period when Wachusett scored [2] unsettled goals.  They increased their lead to 9-4 after three quarters and finished with a lone tally in the fourth.

“We started out strong, but struggled clearing the ball and had errant passes for too many turnovers,” commented coach Clark.

Girls Lacrosse

Lady C’s win Season Opener

With eight seconds remaining in the contest, GD junior attack Riley Eldridge fired a bullet past the Westford goalie, to help the Crusaders take a come-from-behind 11-10 decision over host Westford Academy in this exciting season opener!

GD jumped out to an early advantage but the Grey Ghosts rallied to take an 8-4 lead at the half. 

Three quick goals by GD starting the second stanza, and we had a game. 

Julia Stathis’ rush and finish got the Lady C’s to within one, 9-8, with 13:30 remaining in regulation.

But when Westford scored, regaining a two goal lead, you had to wonder if GD could answer.  

It is early in the season but this Crusader team seems to have that drive, intensity, work ethic and refused to stop working.

“Total team effort. They never gave up,” gushed varsity lacrosse coach Kasey Pelletier.

With just under five minutes remaining, GD eased closer, scoring and trailed 10-9. Seconds later, Abby Eisenklam rifled in the tying goal knotting the game at 10-10.

Eldridge, who was out last season with an injury, knew time was a factor. “I was not marked,” she shared after the game. “Coach yelled a play and I was looking for a teammate to pass to or hoping to get a good low shot off. But I was fouled and awarded a free possession shot.” 

Her blistering shot beat the Grey Ghosts’ keeper low to her left and that was that. A nail biter for the parents.

Scoring for GD was Riley Eldredge (2 goals), Rachel Erickson (goal), Julia Stathis (2 goals, 2 assists), Helena Koch (goal) and Hannah Wynn (2 goals, 2 assists). Keeper Noelle St. Germain made eight saves, many of them, game changes. 

G-D 15, Wachusett 5 

Senior Hannah Wynn (five goals), Rachel Erickson (four), and Abby Eisenklam (2 goals, 2 assists) leading the visiting Crusaders (2-0, 1-0 Mid-Wach A). Emily Miller (2 goals), and Helena Koch (goal and assist).  Christina Durocher (2 goals) and Allie Larson (2 goals)  scored for Wachusett. (0-2, 0-1). “Kat Irby was tenacious on defense,” recalled coach Pelletier.

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