Knights take down team from England 19-6


Prasham Jobanputra

Junior Alaina Mullaly throws the ball forward after winning it over on defense.

TOWAMENCIN- It was a special event at North Penn High School’s turf field as the Knights took on an unfamiliar foe.

The North Penn Knights (1-4) beat Walthamstow High School 19-6 in this overseas matchup.  This was the first time North Penn played a foreign team in girls’ lacrosse for a very unique experience.

“I thought [Walthamstow] did a really nice job and they had a couple of really nice players on their team that I mean would I love to have on my team, some nice skills.  I know that over in England, that [lacrosse] is not as strong as a sport as other sports like soccer, or field hockey, and stuff like that, so it’s not quite up to that par at this point but that’s why they’re over here.  They’re over here to develop their program, they’re over here to show what it’s like to play lacrosse in the United States,” Head Coach Heather Mellow said.

The Knights got out to a quick start scoring 8 unanswered goals to begin the game.  The first half ended with the score at 14-3 and then in the second half, the Knights tried to chew some clock by using good ball movement.  The Knights held possession for much of the game which was one of the main keys to success.

“We could have done more but we tried not to run up the score on them obviously.  After the last couple of games, we needed to work on just keeping possession and working on that and working on plays and that’s what we did today, so this was a good practice for us in regards to that for the rest of the season coming up because that’s where we really need to focus,” Coach Mellow said.

The offense was led by hat-tricks from Emily Varilla, Grace Sacchetti, and Lily Szilagyi.  Varilla and Sacchetti both assisted on two goals each, along with Alli Lindsay who also had 2 assists.  Casey Cavanaugh had 8 draw controls to help the Knights keep possession and Ashley Lambert saved 45.5% of the 11 shots from Walthamstow.

The team is hoping this win can turn the tides on what has been so far a shaky start.  They will be back in action on Monday for a home game against the Neshaminy Redskins.

“Going forward we just need a W.  We just needed a win to boost our spirits or lift us up a little bit because, four losses in a row, they were good teams but four losses is four losses.  So, it’s hard to overcome that but we needed a W and we got that today to help boost us to next week.  We play Neshaminy, it’s our first league game and then we go right into Pennridge right after that and they’re gonna be really tough.  We’re gonna go right into the meat of our season pretty quickly but this was a nice day, a nice game, it was fun to play someone from another country and it was enjoyable for everybody,” Coach Mellow said.