HAMILTON —The Pingree girls lacrosse team made its fair share of mistakes in Saturday’s 12-5 loss to Governor’s Academy.
But Highlanders head coach Sam Taylor believes that there’s confidence to be gained as her girls played some of their best lacrosse when their backs were up against the wall.
Pingree (6-4) was issued a yellow card when Caroline Winslow was called for a dangerous check early in the first half and the trend continued as the Highlanders played 15 minutes of the match with a player on the sideline serving a penalty.
The penalties combined with the nerves that accompany playing a bigger school like Governor’s seemed to rattle the Highlanders a little as the team went down 5-0 before Winslow got Pingree on the board with back-to-back markers.
Senior Liz Jayne appeared to trim the deficit to two goals when she beat the Governor’s goalie minutes later, but she was called for a dangerous shot and sent to the sideline with a yellow card.
“Playing a big school like Governor’s creates a bit of nerves, so for us it was just getting the nerves out. But we came back with two quick goals,” said Taylor. “The girls can gain confidence knowing they played a great team and held them to two goals in 15 minutes of man down.”
For Governor’s (8-3), controlling the game meant winning faceoffs, controlling possession and letting Kayla O’Connor (four goals) and Brett Bidstrup (four goals) dictate the offensive attack.
“We wanted possession and draw control,” said Governor’s coach Roberta McLain. “It’s such a big rivalry when we play (against Pingree). We always get fired up.”
Jayne was whistled for her second yellow card of the game early in the second half, which left Pingree without its most dangerous offensive weapon and its main draw taker.