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April 30, 2014

Hamilton-Wenham scores twice late to sting Hornets

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Manchester Essex (6-4, 5-2 Cape Ann League) led 5-3 at halftime and held a 7-6 lead for a long stretch in the second half. The Hornets had a lengthy possession in the final few minutes, but couldn’t hang on to the ball long enough to put away the Generals.

“I don’t know (what happened). We just lost possession,” Manchester Essex coach Sarah Holch said. “We’ve done it before. We had it, but we just lost out. It happens. They played an awesome game; they had great breakaways going on.”

The Manchester Essex girls lacrosse team finds itself in a strange place 10 games into the season.

The Hornets, who are still right behind Ipswich in the CAL Small standings, fell into a two-game losing streak with this last-minute loss. It was the second straight one-goal loss for Manchester Essex, and the 6-4 Hornets have now dropped three of their last four and four of their last six games.

“I think we just have a lot of work to do in our confidence right now because we lost yesterday and we’re not used to losing,” Holch said. “We have to work on that. Today was a great game on both sides. I mean, you couldn’t have asked for a nicer lacrosse game. I was really proud of us.”

Casey, Catherine Ecker and Sophia Frain each scored two goals for the Generals, who gained momentum by scoring the first three goals of the second half.

“We had to come out fired up and score the first few goals and gain possession of this game. I told them, ‘We have to climb back now. If they start getting the first few possessions, they’re going to get fired up,’” Chase said. “We talked about better transitions in the midfield. We struggled a little in the first half with just some sloppy passes that ended up being turnovers that they scored on. We did a better job in the second half with that.”

Phoebe Shaw scored one goal and added one assist while goalie Lauren White played well for the Generals.

Taylor Meek led the Hornets with two goals and two assists and Brittany Smith added one goal and one assist.

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