The Bromfield girls lacrosse team netted a decisive 19–4 win against the Oakmont Spartans in an out-of-league away game Monday, April 10.
The players and fans were rewarded with the first good weather in weeks, 80 degrees and sunny, a welcome change from rain, wind, and cold. Kaeli Armstrong, senior captain, returned to play after being benched with an injury.
Senior Meaghan Parlee, on her way to score against North Middlesex Monday, April 10. (Photos by Lisa Aciukewicz)
Bromfield senior Meaghan Parlee quickly won the ball on the draw and passed it down the field so that the Trojans could settle around the net. Although Oakmont briefly had possession of the ball after stealing it, Parlee quickly recovered it, dodged around the net, and scored.
Bromfield soon followed up with another goal, this time achieved when Parlee won the ball and passed to eighth-grader Izzy Planchet. Planchet quickly passed the ball from behind the net to sophomore Brianna Carlisle, who scored.
On the next draw, although Bromfield initially had possession, Oakmont stole the ball and made a run for the goal. However, junior goalie Emily Podgorni saved the ball and passed up the field, giving Parlee another goal.
Bromfield would go on to score three more goals, from Armstrong, Parlee, and Planchet, before the Spartans made one. Oakmont won the draw and advanced down the field thanks to a foul on Bromfield. They circled the net and scored, drawing a standing ovation from the Oakmont fans in the stands and bringing the score to 9–1.
In response, Bromfield scored two more goals before the end of the half.
Bromfield opened the next half with quick draw possession, letting the Trojans attempt one shot, which cleared the net. Sophomore Courtney Route recovered the ball behind the net and passed it over the net to Carlisle, who scored.
Bromfield scored six more goals after that. Oakmont would not get another goal until Parlee fell on the draw, fouling, giving the ball to the Spartans, who evaded a triple team and managed a quick goal, bringing the score to 16–2. Bromfield then got another two goals before Oakmont scored again.
Freshman Caroline Mara takes the ball downfield.
Route, on a pass from Parlee, netted Bromfield’s final goal of the game. A Bromfield foul on the draw and another foul in its circle let Oakmont shoot from the 8-meter circle and score, ending the game 19–4.
Coach Dave Planchet said after the game that he was happy to see the team executing its offense “the way we needed to execute it.”
“That’s great to see early in the year. And I thought our defense played awesome,” he said. However, he added, “we need to work on protecting our sticks.” He smiled. “We got a lot to do, but it’s still early.”
Later in the week, Bromfield went on to lose its first two league games, with a score of 10–8 against both Algonquin, on Thursday, April 13, and Shrewsbury, on Friday, April 15, seeding it last in Division A of the Midland Wachusett League. However, Bromfield did triumph over North Middlesex in a non-league game, 14–5, on Wednesday, April 18.
Bromfield will go on to face Westborough at home on Tuesday, April 25, and Wachusett, away, on Thursday, April 27.
Kate Selig is a Bromfield sophomore.