Girls Lacrosse: Win Over Barrington for Spot in State Final

by | Jun 2, 2023

Above: Helena Dunwoody (13) pivots for a successful shot on goal. Photo by Mary MacIntosh

By Tommy Sprague

Players and fans alike knew the stakes were high in the Thursday night (6/1/23) matchup between the East Greenwich Avengers and Barrington Eagles. Win and you continue to the Division I finals, lose and your season is over. Welcome to the semifinals, the penultimate competition at the end of a historic run for this East Greenwich girl’s lacrosse team. After winning only four games last season, these Avengers were 11-3 and charging into the postseason. EG knew the very talented Barrington squad would come to play and, despite the fact that the Avengers had beaten Barrington twice in the regular season, the experts predicted that the Eagles would prevail. This game was also projected to be one of the best games of the playoffs and both teams delivered.

Possessing the ball is more than half the battle in lacrosse and, in the first half, Barrington dominated the draw. While the Eagles had the possession advantage, the Avenger defense came in clutch and shut down the Eagles’ attack. Lexi Kavanagh, Grace Birkett, Izzy Gelzhiser and Olivia Prior maintained a center of gravity, power and movement directing their energies on the Barrington blitz. Keeper Fiona Baxter denied the relentless Barrington’s offensive push, making critical saves and effective clears to put the ball on the opposite side of the field. The Avenger’s offense deftly moved the ball around the goal with players advancing and cutting to keep the Barrington defense on their toes. The score went back and forth as expected. EG’s six goals in the first half were made by six different players – a true team effort to end the first half in a six to six tie. The Avengers contributing were Mila Navarro (2), Lily Peters (1), Eva Dufresne (1), Catherine Sprague (1) and Izzy Gelzhiser (1).   

In the second half, the Avengers continued to play with excitement and enthusiasm, clearly having fun on the field but still managing to rattle the Barrington team. Still, the Eagles were able to dominate the many 50/50 ground ball opportunities resulting from some sloppy play and aggression by EG – again, more possession created more scoring opportunities for Barrington.  It was time for the Avengers’ talented offense to kick in and they overwhelmed Barrington’s defense. Down two goals in the last minutes of the game after EG effectively killed the clock, the Eagles attempted one last offensive attack, but EG’s defense held fast. EG scored another seven goals in the second – once again spread among five players – Navarro (2), Peters (2), Helena Dunwoody (1), Maeve Kiernan (1) and Gelzhiser (1).  The final score was EG 13, Barrington 11. The Avengers now face the state’s toughest opponent, Moses Brown, on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Brown University’s Stevenson-Pincince field. 

Avenger goalkeeper Fiona Baxter (17). Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Eagle Anna Lombardi (20) wins the draw against Avenger Helena Dunwoody (13). Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Eva Dufresnse (12) celebrates making game’s second goal minutes into game. Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Grace Birkett (8) looks to gain ground. Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Impressive effort from EG’s Lindsey Rowe (23). Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Maeve Kiernan (2) looks to get past Lily Kirk (22) and score. Photo by Mary MacIntosh

Tommy Sprague is a team parent. Mary MacIntosh is another local resident who pitches in to help with photos, usually for football, but occasionally for lacrosse as well. Our thanks to them both. EG News is looking for similarly motivated sports enthusiasts to help us cover other EG sports. With more volunteers, we can cover more teams. If you are interested in helping cover sports next school year, contact [email protected]. We are happy to help!

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Chuck Nadeau
Chuck Nadeau
June 3, 2023 6:26 am

My hat is off (you know me and my hat) to both Mary for the solid game pictures, and to Tom for the in depth story. (penultimate?) The lady Avengers deserve the press. I wish them luck on the final game of this storied season. Come out to Brown and cheer the team on. Watch for the hat.
Chuck Nadeau

Tad Stoermer
Tad Stoermer
June 3, 2023 12:33 pm

Really thrilled about this team. We’ll be cheering them on today at 1p!

June 5, 2023 8:07 am

Way to go Av stickers. Congratulations on a GREAT season !


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