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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Medfield High School girls varsity lacrosse team hosted Division I Hockomock League power Franklin on Monday night on the rain-soaked turf at Calvin Fisher Field.
Coming off a tough 19-12 defeat to arch rival Dover-Sherborn on April 17, the Lady-Warriors (2-4, 2-1) were looking to bounce back, while the Panthers (6-2, 3-0) entered looking for their second straight win after taking down Lincoln-Sudbury on Saturday.
Franklin drew first blood just 2:03 in with a goal off of a free position, but junior midfielder Erin Cooney responded with a quick-stick at the edge of the crease off of a feed from sophomore midfielder Kelly Morrison to tie the game at one. The Panthers then went on a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead, forcing Medfield to a timeout.
Franklin added another off of a free position following the timeout to take a 5-1 lead with 15:32 to play in the half. Sophomore midfielder Kathryn Blake cut the deficit to 5-2 with 12:16 remaining in the half with a quick shot down low off a feed from senior captain Erin Seibel.
The Panthers netted a goal off of transition with 10:31 to play to go back ahead by four at 6-2. However, just 28 seconds later, Blake’s second of the game, this time off a feed from Morrison, cut the deficit to 6-3 with 10:03 remaining in the half. Unfortunately for Medfield, Franklin responded with a 4-0 run to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Following the break, Franklin began to take over with terrific execution on face-offs, and built their lead to as many as 10 at 15-5. The seven-goal halftime deficit proved to be too much for Medfield to overcome, as Franklin prevailed with the 15-6 victory.
Medfield will look to bounce back at Hopkinton on April 29.
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