Pats outlast ’Canes for rivalry win


The Pilgrim and Warwick Vets girls’ lacrosse teams ended up in different divisions this year, but they kept their budding rivalry alive with a non-league match-up on Wednesday at Vets. Pilgrim prevailed 15-10 for its sixth consecutive win.

Haley McCusker scored five goals to lead the charge for the Pats, Amibeth Marks scored two and Michaela Giuttari tallied two goals and three assists. Cara Beneduce added two goals and an assist, Erica Hammond had two goals and Betsy Heidel had a goal and an assist. Kelsey Martin chipped in two assists while Kayleen Murphy made 17 saves in net.

Vets got four goals and an assist from Jenna Fontaine and three goals and an assist from Emily Almonte. Lauren Almonte added two goals and Casey Bennett had one. Katelen Pick made seven saves.

Pilgrim followed up the victory over Vets with league wins over Westerly and Scituate, stretching its win streak to eight and running its league record to 8-1. The Pats host first-place Narragansett for a showdown on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Vets is 1-7 in Division II action and 1-9 overall. The ’Canes have games against Portsmouth, Classical and Cranston East this week.


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A great showing by both teams in a show of increased skill by very new programs. It was also great to see the many handshakes, hugs, and reunions between old friends in the stands. Friendship built on living in the same city, working together, and playing together, not based on which uniform the student athlete that day was wearing. That being said, I am ashamed to have witnessed something yelled by one of my alma mater's fans. After one of our players, rightfully received a penalty for inadvertently causing an injury to a Vets player, I was shocked to hear a mother (yes a mother) yell to "do it harder next time and make it worth it". I could not have been more ashamed to be on my side of the stands. Please parents and fans, come to cheer on your kids, ring your bells, blow your horns, smile and shake old friend's hands, but leave your leave your ignorant and hateful behavior at home (MH).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013