TYNGSBOROUGH -- Tyngsborough finished the first half on a 4-0 run to take control of the game on the way to 14-7 victory over Wahconah in the first round of the girls Division II Central-Western Mass. tournament.
The Warriors got off to a slow start after a long bus ride, falling behind 2-0, but battled back to tie the score 2-2 before Tyngsborough want on its run.
Wahconah scored five times in the second half, but its deficit was too much to overcome. Emmy Cote led Wahconah with three goals. Jordan Budaj added two goals and an assist.
Wahconah coach Kathy Budaj said her young team had to adjust to the playoff atmosphere early, but said the day's experience should help the Warriors in the long run.
"This our first time making Western Mass., and we start a lot of freshmen," she said. Playing in Western Mass., a 2-hour, 45-minute drive and playing on turf. ... We had some things that were tough to adjust to."
Haley Casey created problems for the Warriorrs all day, scoring six goals and adding one assist to lead the way for Tyngsborough.
Wahconah 2 5 -- 7
Tyngsborough 6 8 -- 14
Wahconah goals: Emmy Cote 3, Jordan Budaj 2, McKenna McIlquham 1, Morgan Francese 1. Wahconah assists: Budaj 1, Angela Colson 1. Tyngsborough goals: Haley Casey 6, Monique Martin 3, Makayla Jaggas 2, Jenna Durkin 2, Jacquelyn Richardson 1. Tyngsborough assists: Casey 1, Julianne Bergadox 1, Ashley Leal 1. Saves: Brianna Day-Lewis 15. W: Katie Bachley 12.
C/W-Mass. boys lacrosse: St. Bernard's 5, Wahconah 4
FITCHBURG -- Wahconah's run in the Central/Western Division III boys lacrosse tournament ended earlier than coach Zach Sondrini and the Warriors might have liked.
The ninth-seeded Warriors dropped a hard-fought 5-4 decision to No. 8 St. Bernard's on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, St. Bernard's advances to play at top-seeded Mount Greylock on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Wahconah fell behind 5-3 on Curtiss Vachon's second goal of the game, coming with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Bernardians' goalie Conor McKew had nine saves in the game, giving up only one goal in the final quarter. That was scored by Quinn Caesar with 8:38 left to play.
Nick Clayton, Mike Wagner and Kyle Gazzillo also scored goals for Wahconah.
"I'm proud of the effort from my guys today," Sondrini said. "They left it all out there today.
"We hadn't seen too many zone defenses this season, so we had to make some adjustments at halftime. They've got a very good goalie over there, so it was going to be tough to find the net no matter what."
The Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise contributed to this report.