Hill-Murray pummels North High, 17-3

10 Pioneers score; Cayot gets hat trick

In a flurry of goal scoring, the Hill-Murray girls lacrosse players dominated the action from the opening whistle to the final horn as they outscored the upstart North High Polars to the tune of 17-3.

The weather was chilly but nearly calm Thursday, April 23 when the Polars took to the field at Hill-Murray in Maplewood.

Despite the lopsided final score, North co-head coach Talia Warner was optimistic about what she saw during the game. “We emphasized to the team that we have shown improvement. We are a new program and feel that the girls came to play.

“Every game we have seen improvement and that is what we are striving for. Our kids remain very energetic and have shown some good athletic skills as well as a positive attitude,” Warner said.

It came as no surprise that Hill-Murray coach Theresa Boyd was upbeat during her post-game comments. “We dominated. I was especially pleased with our balanced scoring.

“We have talked a lot in practice about getting the ball to players who don’t regularly score. Our veteran players emphasized that today.”

Boyd said, “I was especially pleased with the play of Melissa Smith, Ella Hulsey and our goalie Mari Johnson.

“We got to play all of our players, and that is always a plus.”

The Pioneers were led by the three-goal hat trick of Caroline Cayot and had scoring from a total of 10 players.

The Pioneers got on the board on their first rush upfield when Cayot dented the back mesh just 1:40 into the fray.

The Polars came right back with a goal by Lauren Scheunemann just 13 seconds later at 1:53.

The Pioneers then took command and outscored North by 11-2 before the first 25-minute half was ended.

North had goals by Taylor Theits and Sarah Warner in addition to the opening score by Scheunemann.  

After the hat trick by Cayot, the Pioneers picked up two goals apiece from Sarah Link, Taylor Lambert, Kyla Donovan and Abby Becker. Gaining individual tallies for the Pioneers were Megan Roth, Hannah Ondrusik, Mahalia Mgeni, Megan Rodahl, Hulsey and Smith.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7820.

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