Lee girls lacrosse tops Pittsfield to win third game in as many days

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MIKE WALSH — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
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LEE — When you're hot, you're hot. And with the weather mercifully heating up, Lee's Lauren Kinne has been doing what she does as well as anyone in Berkshire County; handle a lacrosse stick.

Kinne poured in six goals to help her Wildcats to their third win in three days, 9-6 over visiting Pittsfield High.

"We've just talked about hustling and helping each other. Never giving up on ground balls," said Lee coach Dave Galisa. "I saw that for 50 minutes today, from everybody. Couldn't be prouder."

It was a wire-to-wire victory for the hosts, who improved to 4-7. In those three wins, Kinne has scored a combined 14 goals.

The senior, two-year captain stayed steaming, racking up a hat trick in the opening six minutes of play on Thursday. The Wildcats switched field position in a hurry, something Nicole Gamberoni and Hannah Simmons controlled all afternoon, and Kinne hammered home her first with 23 minutes, 4 seconds on the first-half clock. She scored on a one-timer off an Ashley Barnes feed from the X position a minute later.

Pittsfield's Sierra Murray found the back of the net on a free position to get her Generals on the board, but Kinne answered quickly. She was credited with the goal after her shot was initially saved, but fumbled into the net on the transfer.

Murray did her best to keep Pittsfield engaged, scoring four goals. She and fellow captain Natalia Agrelo fired home free-position tries in succession with about 12 minutes left in the first half to get back within 5-3.

Lee added one more, though, when Molly Macchi converted on her own free position in the final minutes to take a three-goal advantage into halftime.

"We just didn't have it today, anywhere," said Pittsfield coach Jeff Murray. "Heads just weren't in the game quick enough."

Kinne and Murray traded goals to open the second-half scoring, but PHS goalkeeper Danielle Plankey could only host the levies so long. Plankey made 18 saves in the game, including a burst of four straight, before a yellow card gave Lee the man-up advantage it needed to get Kinne's fifth to go home.

Lee got a strike from freshman Tabor Paul on Barnes' second helper at 10:28 of the half, before Kinne wrapped her day with a monster wrap-around forehand to make it 9-4 with just eight minutes remaining.

Lee goalie Taryn Paul and a defense led by senior Jayla Speers were solid all night. The Pittsfield offense had to rely on converting free positions for four of its six goals.

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However, the Generals wore on a Lee team nearing the end of its third game in as many days. Murray canned her fourth at the 5:05 mark, before Ella Korte made a move out of the face-off circle, striding long and keeping the ball high through the Lee defense and bringing the Generals within 9-6 just 10 seconds later.

Pittsfield had another chance to continue its climb, but a Sara Curry shot went wide and once again Simmons was first to the end line for possession.

"She's very aggressive with ground balls and when she gets it, she's pretty good about knowing where to send it," said Galisa. "Hannah is a smart player. I'm glad that she's out there."

She completed a long pass to Gamberoni, and the speedy senior was off to the races the other way. The Wildcats milked out the clock and head into a much-deserved day off feeling really good about the second half of their season.

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Pittsfield     3     3     —     6

Lee     6     3     —     9

First Half

L — Lauren Kinne (unassisted), 23:04; L — Kinne (Ashley Barnes), 22:02; P — Sierra Murray (UA), 21:23; L — Kinne (UA), 19:49; L — Ann Macchi (Kylah Rivest), 15:09; L — Kinne (Abbey Boyd), 12:38; P — Murray (UA), 11:52; Natalia Agrelo (UA), 5:49; L — Molly Macchi (UA), 2:56.

Second Half

L — Kinne (UA), 17:44; P — Murray (UA), 13:07; L — Tabor Paul (Barnes), 10:28; L — Kinne (UA), 8:26; P — Murray (UA), 5:05; P — Ella Korte (UA), 4:55.

Saves — P: Danielle Plankey, 18; L: Taryn Paul, 9.

Mike Walsh can be reached at mwalsh@berkshireeagle.com, at @CLNS_Walsh on Twitter and 413-496-6240.


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