OLMSTED FALLS — The Bay High School girls lacrosse team took a quick 1-0 lead against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs April 16 at Olmsted Falls Middle School, and never looked back. Though the Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1 just 50 seconds later, they never led as the Rockets went on to win 18-5.
After the first half, though, you would not have expected such a lopsided scoreline. The Bulldogs trailed just 7-4 at halftime.
Even at the start of the second half, it looked like Olmsted Falls would stick with the indomitable Rockets (12-1, 4-1 GLC) when the Bulldogs scored just 20 seconds in, cutting the lead to 7-5. Thanks to fast-paced offense and stalwart defense by Bay, though, that was the last time the Bulldogs found the net as the Rockets tacked on 11 unanswered goals.
“I think we started slow, but we picked it up in the second half,” Bay head coach Victoria Budzyn said. “We’re missing some of our girls today so the girls who did play really stepped it up for the whole team. There was effort 100% of the time. We definitely, in the second half, started clicking more and we were playing our game.”
Leading the Rockets’ scoring in both halves was senior attacker Annie Spies. Spies had six goals total, three in each half, and was involved in the offense throughout the game, both as a scorer and a passer.
“Since we were missing most of our team, I just had to go into the game with a strong mindset and make sure our team was grounded,” Spies said.
In the first half, Olmsted Falls created many of its opportunities against a Rocket defense that collapsed on attacking lanes and was quick to defend passes. Of Olmsted Falls’ five goals, three came on ensuing free shots after getting fouled. Grace Hyppa led the Bulldogs with three goals, followed by Emma Heinrich and Kaitlyn Hradek with one apiece.
Olmsted Falls head coach Deana Harb said a combination of high intensity from Bay and tired legs for them played a big role in the growing deficit.
“I think our defense might have gotten a little tired,” Harb said. “I think they changed up their strategy and they were sending two down there at a time. They switched it up maybe more than we switched it up. I think we needed to win the draw a few more times. That possession at the start of the play was essential.”
The win continued a season for Bay in which its sole loss came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in a one-goal game on April 12. After what Budzyn described as a tough last season, she’s hoping their success to this point can carry on through the rest of the season.
“I think coming into this year, the girls had something to prove,” Budzyn said. “They all want to win, they want to play and it shows. I think that our chemistry this year is just getting stronger and stronger.”
Olmsted Falls is off until Monday when it travels to Akron to play Archbishop Hoban at 7 p.m. Bay travels to Painesville Township to play Riverside at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before heading back home Tuesday to play Westlake.
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