2018-05-10 / Around Town

Vikings Girls’ Lacrosse Nips Cranston West - Stays Undefeated

GAME OF THE WEEK
By Leif Walcutt


Rogers senior Jane Leys, 22, appears to still be rising, after knocking the the ball away from Cranston West’s Cosette Lee. Leys’ four goals, including the game-winner, helped the Vikings’ girls stay unbeaten, thus far, in 2018. 
Photos by Meri Kellerwww.merikeller.smugmug.com Rogers senior Jane Leys, 22, appears to still be rising, after knocking the the ball away from Cranston West’s Cosette Lee. Leys’ four goals, including the game-winner, helped the Vikings’ girls stay unbeaten, thus far, in 2018. Photos by Meri Kellerwww.merikeller.smugmug.com A goal, scored late in the final quarter, by senior Jane Leys proved decisive, raising and maintaining Rogers High School’s pristine Division III record at 7-0 after a 10-9 win over a persistent Cranston West Falcons team at Newport on May 8.

“Last year we beat the Falcons by one point in overtime, so we knew what we were up against this year,” said Vikings head coach Marie Nunes. “Both teams played well,” she said.

Vikings’ freshman Liza Nunes started the scoring with a goal, lacing a shot around Cranston West’s goalie Sophia Montanaro just six minutes in.

That lead, however, was short lived as Falcons senior captain Cosette Lee tied up the match with an assist from attacker Jolie Rouleau at 18:32.

Freshman Liza Nunes gave Rogers the lead back on a penalty shot at the 17:02 mark. With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, the Vikings snuck in two goals: one by freshman Tess Nunes and another by Leys. The Falcons’ senior attacker Isabella Tavares added a goal just before the halftime to make it a 4-3 Rogers lead at the break.

Cranston West came back with a vengeance in the second half with two consecutive goals: one by Lee and another by Rouleau. The Vikings then regained the offensive edge with two more quick goals at 17:53 and 17:41, both by Leys; her second and third tallies of the contest.

At 15:25 of the second half, Viking freshman midfielder Lauren Martland pushed the Rogers’ lead to 7-5 with a goal, but soon the Falcons edged forward with another goal by Tavares.

In the game’s final 10 minutes, Rogers nursed a two point lead, at 8-6. That advantage soon vanished after two consecutive scores by Falcons’ midfielder Lauren Hammond.

With four minutes left, Cranston West took a 9-8 lead, their first of the game, on another goal by Tavares.

Suddenly down by one, Vikings’ senior Faye Callahan knotted the match at nine after tallying her first goal of the game with an assist from Leys. There was 3:14 to play in regulation.

The game remained tied at nine with just a minute and a half left. The ball stayed predominantly in the Falcons’ goal zone. Cranston West’s goalie Montanaro staved off offensive attacks by Callahan, but couldn’t stop the final, game-winning goal by Leys, her fourth, with just 1:23 to go. Leys’ four scores came on just 5 shots on goal and she only made one turnover during the match.

In the final minute, the Vikings played a game of keep away from the Falcons, to preserve the 10-9 victory. While Rogers stayed undefeated in D-III, Cranston West dropped to 4-3 with the loss.

The Vikings’ girls will try to keep their streak going with three straight home games. They will face Johnston on Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m., and then host Tiverton on Saturday, May 12, also at 4 p.m. Westerly will visit on Monday, May 14. That match will start at 4:30 p.m.

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