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ConVal girls' lacrosse improves, Crowley gets save No. 300

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team beat Lebanon 11-8 on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, May 20, 2018

The ConVal girls staked themselves an early 3-0 lead against Lebanon Friday, and with senior Emma Crowley in net, that was plenty. The Cougar keeper held her ground and made ten saves – eclipsing the 300-career-save milestone in the process – as ConVal beat the Raiders 11-8.

“Sometimes we lose the consistency towards the end, or in the middle, but today we really kept it going,” Crowley said after the game.

Indeed, it was a prototypical ConVal victory. Lily Sheridan looked ready to lead the team into the postseason, racking up four goals and an assist. Fellow forward Grace Dell wasn’t far behind, adding three scores and a helper of her own.

Lebanon’s offensive firepower was evident – Emma Hoensen scored three times and Zoe Soule was an absolute burner sprinting end-t0-end – but ConVal’s midfield and defense were on point.

“They were really good today,” Crowley said. “I can’t thank them enough. They do a really good job of forcing the shooter out and knowing where to put them so they just can’t shoot.”

Sara Krslovic was a rock in the midfield, and Kalbie Grassett an intimidating presence in the defensive end. And ConVal even got some scoring output out of the midfield, crucial as the season comes to crunch time. Katie Moorehead added two goals to go along with her 11 draw controls, and Dee Kashulines showed off her coast-to-coast wheels for two tallies of her own.

It all added up to an 11-8 win, ConVal’s fourth win in a busy week. The victory put ConVal (9-3) into a three-way tie for fourth place in their division. There’s no undefeated juggernaut this year; Derryfield and Hopkinton are both 11-1, Bow’s lost twice at 9-2, and the 9-3 teams, Laconia and Pelham, are far from flawless. But the one thing those top teams have that ConVal doesn’t is a big statement win. Derryfield’s beaten Bow and Pelham; Hopkinton’s beaten Derryfield and Laconia. ConVal, meanwhile, has come up short in their big games against Bow, Hopkinton and even Kearsarge.

The Cougars have a chance to make that big statement this week, as they host No. 1 Derryfield Tuesday at 6 p.m. A win there, and ConVal will earn the respect and fear of the rest of the division as they head towards the playoffs.

It will take a mighty defensive effort, but the Cougars are capable of making any stop they’re faced with – especially with Crowley, who’s now made 306 of those stops in her career.

“I’m glad I got the 300 saves,” Crowley said, “and I’m thankful for my team for helping me out and not letting it be 400 - because that would be too many shots!”