Still rolling onward. The University School girls’ lacrosse team struck quickly then went on to defeat Middleton 18-7 in a quarterfinal game of the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Girls State Tournament on Saturday, June 3rd at USM.
The Wildcats were not to be denied. They knew a victory would allow them to move into the semifinals on Wednesday, June 7th. So, they took care of business.
Senior captain Alex Ventress said, “We played so well. Everything clicked, and when they scored, we re-grouped and changed things, and it all worked out. Can’t wait for Wednesday.”
The Wildcats got right to work and built a lead with a solid foundation early.
Senior captain Kiley Hession got the ball, and like a gazelle she bound down the field, cut toward the Middleton net, and whipped a shot past Middleton’s goalie Mia Acker for a goal just 24 seconds into the contest.
Less than two minutes later Hession’s fellow captain, junior Grace Berrien scored another goal giving USM a quick 2-0.
Using her signature move, sophomore Brook Uihlein scored to give USM a solid 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
The Wildcats continued their offensive onslaught and by halftime they held a 9-2 lead.
Middleton edged closer with two quick goals to open the second half, but the Wildcats quickly responded and kept their lead rolling forward until they could finally claim the victory.
USM’s head coach, Samantha Adey, complimented the team after the game, “It was a heack of a game. We played great offense and great defense.”
Hession led the Wildcats in scoring with five goals. Uihlein scored four goals, and Berrien sored three. Junior Gianna Affi added two goals to USM’s total, and senior Sydney Fritz, junior Hailey Stephany, sophomore Kelly Schroeder, and freshman Audrey Engman each scored a single goal for USM.
Defensively, Ventress, along with seniors Maggie Nowakowski, Kristina Hopkins, and Jaya Thoan, junior NaaAyeley Aryeetey, sophomores Ayokor Aryeetey and Michaela Fritz, and freshman Taylor Janssen, surrounded junior goalkeeper Leah Schneck like a moat around a sturdy castle to repeatedly repress the Middleton attack.
The Wildcats are now 16-3. One of their losses came at the hands of their next opponent, Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood. The Wildcats know they have a tough task ahead of them against the Force. The two teams meet in the Semi-final of the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Girls State Tournament on Wednesday, June 7th at Whitefish Bay High School .
USM Goal Scoring:
Goal Scorer Goals Assists Total
Kiley Hession 5 2 6
Brooke Uihlein 4 0 4
Grace Berrien 3 1 4
Gianna Affi 2 0 2
Hailey Stephany 1 2 3
Sydney Fritz 1 0 1
Kelly Schroeder 1 0 1
Audrey Engman 1 0 1
Alex Ventress 0 1 1