SOUTH KINGSTOWN—If the Prout girls lacrosse team is going to secure its first winning season in Division I junior Abby Lyons is going to be a big part of it.
Through three league games Lyons has 10 goals but Saturday against neighboring South Kingstown she had her best scoring outburst of the season.
The junior center netted five goals – four of which came in the first half – as the Crusaders (3-2, 2-1 Division I-South) downed the Rebels (1-2, 1-2 D-I South) 11-7 Saturday.
“We’re working hard and trying to beat the teams we can,” Lyons said. “We knew this was going to be a good challenge to play SK.
They’re about the same level as we are so we just came out strong and kept it going.”
South took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of quick goals from freshman Morgan Fogelman and junior Olivia Finnegan but then Lyons and the Crusaders responded.
Sophomore Casey McGowan cut the deficit to 2-1 with 17:35 left in the half and Lyons then scored four straight goals – with one from SK senior Mackenzie Ormiston sandwiched in the middle – over the next 14 and a half minutes to give Prout a 5-3 lead.
Senior Maggie Kimball finally halted the run with 1:46 left to play but the Crusaders responded 25 seconds later with a goal from Liz Sullivan.
“The first half we always come out strong,” Finnegan said, “but we have to work on keeping that intensity throughout the game.”
Out of the break the Rebels tied the game on back-to-back scores from Finnegan but couldn’t find a way to take the lead.
After Finnegan’s second goal of the half with 20:26 remaining Prout’s Michaela Cavanaugh responded in a hurry with two scores in 36 seconds to put the Crusaders back up by two.
Lyons added her fifth of the game five minutes later to give her team some breathing room but Ormiston kept SK within striking distance with her goal with 10:55 remaining.
The final 10 minutes belonged to the Crusaders though as they got goals from sophomore Kate McCormack and senior Devyne Doran to put the game away.
Sophomore Nichole Carvalho – who got the start in net for the vacationing Indigo Eisendrath – finished with 13 saves, while senior Clare Griffin had three saves for Prout.
“She had a phenomenal game,” said Orabone of her replacement keeper. “We used her a few times last year because Indigo went away last year too and [Nichole] is a natural at it.
“Nikki’s a very versatile player – I’ve used her on ‘D’ and on attack – and I have no problem throwing her in at goalie. As soon as I tell her she’s like, ‘yup, I’ll do it.’”
Both teams were back in action Tuesday as Prout hosted North Kingstown and SK traveled to East Greenwich (results unavailable at press time).
The Rebels’ next game will be Sunday at 4 p.m. when they host LaSalle, while the Crusaders will take on Cumberland Saturday at 6 p.m. on the road.
“We take every game one at a time and win or lose we always review and look back at it,” Orabone said. “We can always fix something and we can always make something better.”