This afternoon, the girls’ lacrosse team improved to 4-0 in PSAA play while hitting the 20-goal mark for the third time this season in a 20-4 thrashing of Staten Island Academy. The result was a gratifying one for the Bears who saw their chance at a PSAA Championship berth dashed by the Tigers in last year’s semifinals. This time around, the Tigers traveled back across the Verrazano Bridge battered and bruised after a 50-minute tangle with the Brook’s ferocious offense.
Alexis Savage got the Blue & White juggernaut rolling just 20 seconds into the game when she buried a feed from Mia Trama. One minute later, Natalia Pagano found Yasmin Tinaz for the second tally and the Bears were off and running. Pagano and Trama followed with a pair of scores and Morgan Ruggieri added another as the Bear lead swelled to 7-0 less than six minutes into the game. Staten Island finally broke the scoring run at the 18:18 mark, but seven more unanswered goals bulged the Tigers’ net before the end of the half. Savage, Ruggieri, and Pagano each tallied twice during the surge and Alexandra Puopolo added the other as the balanced Bear offense attacked from all sides to take a 14-1 advantage into the break.
The Bears tallied six more goals in the second half, putting last year’s disappointing finish further into the past every time they bulged the net. Pagano led all scorers with 6 goals and added an assist while Ruggieri (4G/ 2 A), Savage (4G/ 3A), Trama (2G/ 3A), Tinaz (1G), Puopolo (1G/ 1A), Sydneyanna Giardini (1G/ 1A), and Michelle Xuan (1G) provided lethal depth. In their four league games this season, the Bears are averaging a staggering 19.5 goals per game and continue to show improvements in their passing and off-ball movement. Savage also had high marks on the team in both draw controls (7) and ground balls (8). Emily Berger made 11 stops in net.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon in a home PSAA match-up with Columbia Prep.