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Balter, Lady-Raiders roll past Wildcats

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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Wellesley High School girls varsity lacrosse team welcomed Milton last Tuesday afternoon for a key Bay State Conference showdown.

Behind a stellar performance by senior captain and Northwestern commit Maddy Balter (five goals, two assists), along with four goals from fellow senior captain and Stanford commit Caitlin Chicoski, the Lady-Raiders cruised to a 15-5 victory and moved to 9-0 on the season.

Grace Ahonen got the scoring started for Wellesley less than a minute in on a strong drive and finish off of a fast break before Chicoski and Mae Sheehan fired home goals just 29 seconds apart to extend the lead to 3-0. Bridget Noonan made it 4-0 with a drive to the crease and finish down low before Chicoski added her second of the game with a dodge and finish on the off-hand to push the lead to 5-0 with 16:26 to play. Just 15 seconds later with 16:11 remaining, Balter fired home a rocket off the post and in to make it a 6-0 game.

Milton finally got on the board with 15:20 remaining in the half, but Balter responded right back for Wellesley with a dodge and finish up high to extend Wellesley’s lead back to six goals at 7-1. Chicoski completed the hat trick moments later with 14:32 to play to put Wellesley ahead 8-1 before back-to-back goals from Balter and Chicoski put the Raiders in double digits at 10-1. Brooke Baker fired home a goal on a cut to the crease and finish down low off of a feed from Balter to make it 11-1 with just under four minutes to play, and the Raiders took the 10-goal lead into halftime.

Balter put home a pair of goals in the second half and Wellesley added three more tallies throughout the second half to prevail by the 15-5 final. On Thursday, the Raiders took down rival Newton North 23-9 to move to 10-0 on the year.

At the time of print, Wellesley is ranked No. 3 in the latest Boston Globe rankings and No. 4 in the latest LaxPower rankings. The Lady-Raiders will look to stay unbeaten against rival and defending Division I champ Needham on May 3 before facing Walpole on May 8.

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Caitlin Chicoski (2) moves the ball up the field for Wellesley midway through the first half.

Caitlin Chicoski (2) moves the ball up the field for Wellesley midway through the first half.

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