BRUNSWICK — The Medina girls lacrosse team hit the road Monday night looking to get back on track after a tough weekend at the Thomas Worthington-hosted Hanningan Tournament.
The Bees found what they were looking for at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium, scoring the final eight goals to run away with a 22-9 victory over Brunswick in Greater Cleveland Conference play.
“We had a rough go about it this weekend, so it was nice to see some of those errors corrected and our possession was much better,” Medina coach Colleen Bodkin said of her team’s ability to respond to a 12-6 loss to Thomas Worthington and 11-11 tie with Olentangy on Saturday.
Brunswick (3-4, 0-2) battled the Bees (3-1-1, 2-0) and pulled to 6-5 when junior Tara Martin (goal, 2 assists) scored off a penalty shot with less than five minutes left in the first half.
But when pressed by the Blue Devils, Medina always found the answer.
Bees junior Cariley Van Drei and sophomore Sadie Hinkle (game-high 6 goals) each scored a pair of goals in the final 97 seconds of the half — Hinkle had two in eight seconds — to cap a 5-1 run that gave Medina an 11-6 lead.
“We all jell really well and we move the ball around,” Hinkle said. “Our defense was really connected, and overall we played really, really well.”
Medina traded goals for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Blue Devils midfielder Maggie McGinnis’ second goal brought the score to 15-9.
A goal by freshman Madi Zaccaro less than 30 seconds later sparked the Bees’ game-ending run. Sophomore Jackie Meyers scored three consecutive goals over a five-minute period before Hinkle added her final score with 20 seconds left.
“There wasn’t anything that they changed, but we just maybe got tired and stopped doing the fundamentals,” Blue Devils coach Kolbie Haines said. “I mean, everything we were doing in the first half, we stopped. We weren’t catching, we weren’t passing as well. I think if we had kept up the same caliber of play, we would have been right there with them.”
Junior Kalee Falkenberg gave Brunswick its only lead when she broke down the middle of the field approximately one minute in.
Falkenberg, Martin and McGinnis each scored two goals for the Blue Devils.
“I think we need to get better at getting close to the crease to seal it closed so they can’t score around us,” Falkenberg said. “Communication on defense was lacking in the second half a little, and on the attack we need to move faster.”