FREEPORT — Yarmouth put together its most complete game of the young season Monday afternoon and cruised to a 14-3 win against previously unbeaten Freeport in a Western Maine Conference girls’ lacrosse game.
“We’ve had a problem coming out strong in the beginning,” said Grace O’Donnell, a senior attacker and midfielder. “This game we wanted to prove we could come out strong and finish and play all the way through, and I think it showed against Freeport.”
Yarmouth (3-1) simply didn’t let the Falcons get into the game.
“Yarmouth came out just more intense than we did,” said Freeport Coach Karin Kurry. “We haven’t played a team this intense yet.”
The Clippers, who seemed to be able to put two defenders on the ball all over the field, held the Falcons scoreless for more than 29 minutes during one stretch.
“Our shot selection wasn’t the best and we weren’t keeping possession of the ball,” Kurry said. “(This game) showed us what we need to do.”
Yarmouth moved into a 9-1 lead fewer than five minutes into the second half.
“We’ve made strides in every single game we’ve played,” O’Donnell said. “We really struggled with our attack. We didn’t have a lot of movement (before), but I think we’re getting comfortable playing with each other now. There are so many talented players on this team, and it’s a really hard attack to guard. Today, we really moved the ball well in transition and got it into the net.”
O’Donnell, who led the Clippers with six goals and two assists, was one of seven players who scored.
Molly Maguire had three goals and two assists.
Emma Torres had two goals and two assists. Shannon Fallon had two goals and an assist. Lilly Watson had a goal. Eliza Lunt had two assists, and Lane Simsarian had an assist.
For Freeport (3-1), Julie Fosberg, Meredith Broderick and Lindsay Cartmill scored, and Courtney Broderick had an assist.
Yarmouth, which has won three straight, held a 25-13 edge in shots.
The Falcons won 11 of 19 draws, but they committed 22 turnovers; a lot them turned into fast-break goals by the Clippers.
Freshman goalie Kate Gunville made six saves for the Clippers; Molly Lane stopped nine for Freeport.
It was the 100th career win for Yarmouth Coach Dorothy Holt, who is in her 11th season with the Clippers, but she said the team still has a lot of things to work on.
“We still had quite a few turnovers,” Holt said. “It’s just the beginning of the season, and we still need to keep working hard, but this group works really hard. They come to practice ready.”