CONCORD — There was a phrase Walpole ladies lacrosse coach Mike Tosone used to explain certainly one of his gamers after a 12-8 victory over Concord-Carlisle on Monday.
And whereas, sure, that utilized to sophomore Caitlyn Naughton, it may have been directed at any certainly one of his Timberwolves.
With the Division 1 state match looming and searching as aggressive as ever, Tosone couldn’t choose an adjective extra becoming as Walpole finds its means.
Against C-C, Naughton led the way in which with 5 targets. Fellow sophomore Sophia Fruci had three targets, and senior Bridget Welch and freshman Ava McLean scored twice apiece.
With the win, Walpole improves to 14-2, whereas C-C falls to 8-6.
Yes, Walpole could also be younger, however not completely inexperienced, as Tosone was fast to say the bevy of two- and three-sport athletes on his group.
“They don’t get rattled,” Tosone stated. “I think a lot of that is innate. So many of our girls play three sports. They’re in a competitive environment year ’round. That’s one of the million reasons why you should play multiple sports.”
“I play field hockey and a lot of the girls on my team play field hockey, basketball, soccer,” Naughton stated. “I think being a multi-sport athlete helps being poised, and being able to know different things on the field, and have a different mindset when you want to switch it.”
Walpole grabbed an early 5-1 lead after giving up the sport’s first purpose. C-C made a couple of runs, particularly within the second half, however Walpole was prepared for the Patriots every time.
The Timberwolves took an 8-4 lead into halftime, and C-C pulled to inside 8-5 early within the second half on a purpose by sophomore Karleigh Mutch (4 targets).
But Walpole was undaunted. Naughton and MacLean scored the following two to push the lead again out.
C-C made one other run with three straight targets, from Mutch, Charlotte Skelly and Willow Cyr, however once more, Walpole’s kids responded like veterans. MacLean and Naughton scored the final two targets of the sport, Naughton, fittingly capped it with one with 5:24 to play.
Grace Groggins made 12 saves for C-C, and Walpole’s Rachel McDonough had six.
Naughton stated her relentlessness is handed down from her household.
“I definitely get that from my mom and my dad and the push from my teammates,” Naughton stated. “My teammates push me every day, and we all push each other to be relentless. I think my whole team is relentless, and we never give up. We always come out to play.”