The Newport Harbor girls lacrosse team earned its first win of the 2019 season by defeating Beckman 11-8 on Tuesday at Newport Harbor High School.
“I think our team fought hard. We fell a little bit asleep and then something clicked for us,” Sailors coach Brooke Martini said.
The Sailors started the game strong as they jumped out to a 3-0 while holding the Patriots scoreless through the first 7 minutes and 13 seconds.
Despite the slow start, Beckman started chipping away at the lead. The Patriots eventually tied the game at 5-5 at the two minute mark, but with about 19 seconds left, Delaney Knipp managed to add a late goal for the Sailors, putting them up 6-5 at halftime.
The late goal seemed to spark the Sailors, who scored the first two goals of the second half to push th lead up to 8-5. Each time the Patriots got the lead down to two goals, the Sailors were there to answer and put themselves back up by three. The Sailors stalled out most of the clock late in the half to seal their first win of the season.
Knipp led the Sailors with five goals while Zoey Palmquist, Joelle Rothbard and Mariana Miller had two goals apiece. Rothbard and Palmquist each had an assist for the Sailors, who got six saves from Willa Rath.
Martini said that Rath and the Sailors’ defense, which held an opponent to single digits for the first time this season, stood out.
Martini was also impressed by Miller’s play.
“Mariana played well tonight. She played like a team player. She pulled it together, she made smart passes and smart choices,” Martini said.
For the Patriots, Carly Tobias netted three goals while Abby Williams and Julia Patrick had two goals apiece. Lauren Frank added a goal and an assist for the Patriots, who got eight saves from Nina Kalhori.
“We’ve got a lot of new starters on this team that don’t have a ton of experience under these types of conditions. They’re learning every game and getting better and better,” Patriots coach Tim Duchene said.
Despite the loss, Duchene was proud of how hard his team played and praised Kalhori and Patrick, who started playing lacrosse last year and is playing on varsity in their first year.
“We just got to continue working on what we can do. I know it’s cliché, but you just got to take it one day at a time,” Duchene said.
Up next for the Sailors (1-3), a home game against the reigning Southern Section Champion St.Margaret’s on Saturday. The Patriots (1-1) play San Juan Hills at Tustin High School in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff game on Thursday.