Courtesy of colleague Debbie Schechter.
There was some extra motivation Friday afternoon for the Byram Hills girls lacrosse team as they defeated host Pleasantville by the score of 11-5.
Last year, the Bobcats were knocked out of the Class C playoffs by the Panthers in the first round.
“When I looked at my team and the way we matched up on paper, I thought we’d be lucky to get out of there with a good competitive game,” Bobcats coach Gail Lazado said. “I think my kids, especially the returning kids, really made it happen. It was great.”
Emily Byrne had four goals and three assists for the Bobcats. Marrisa Miller had a hat trtick. Teammate Autumn Lauria made nine saves in key situations.
“I think the top three did well — Noelle (Love) was winning the draws,” Lazado said. “I think we won 78 percent of the draws. That started it and the other two (Emily Byrne, Marissa Miller) just really locked on and did a nice job.”
Maria Howe had three goals and an assist for the Panthers. Teammate Casey McBride made 14 saves.
Best of the rest: Anna Waterhouse scored four goals in Horace Greeley’s 15-6 win over Briarcliff. … Amber Feminella had four goals and an assist in Hen Hud’s 13-8 loss to Arlington. … Molly Fitzpatrick had five goals and two assists in Lakeland/Panas’s 17-5 win over Ossining. … Lauren Holzer had five goals and an assist in Westlake’s 11-4 win over Blind Brook. … Julia Pfohl had three goals and four assists in Holy Child’s 13-6 win over Portledge.
Byram Hills 11, Pleasantville 5
Horace Greeley 15, Briarcliff 6
Arlington 13, Hen Hud 8
Lakeland/Panas 17, Ossining 5
Westlake 11, Blind Brook 4
Holy Child 13, Portledge 6
Hackley 9, Poly Prep 8