The combined Petaluma/Casa Grande/St. Vincent girls varsity lacrosse team, the Fusion, won both games against San Jose Vipers and the San Jose Extreme.
The team worked as a unit to secure the win against Extreme by combining their efforts to tally 11 goals, eight assists, four draw controls, 12 ground balls, two interceptions, three caused turnovers and five saves in goal.Two goals were scored by Extreme in their effort at a comeback, but the defense and midfield for Fusion rallied with interceptions and well-formed double teams.
The San Jose Vipers had remarkably fast midfielders who scored within the first few minutes against the Fusion, but the quick-thinking attack for Fusion soon found a way to out play the San Jose team.. Fusion tallied 14 goals and six assists for the win and their first 100 percent shooting average for the season. The midfield and defense for Fusion added to the win 10 draw controls, 11 ground balls, two interceptions, six caused turnovers and nine saves.
The Fusion is looking forward to a rematch against the Vipers and Extreme on their home field on May 5.
The Petaluma Synergy, comprised of younger players from St. Vincent, Petaluma High School, Casa Grande and Kenilworth fought hard, but lost to a well-disciplined San Jose Extreme team, 10-9. With 45 seconds on the clock, Synergy could not gain the ball off the draw and Extreme ran out the clock.
The second game against the San Jose Vipers began the same as the first, with Synergy showing a halftime deficit of 8-2. Synergy persevered, overcoming the six-goal deficit, with Haylee Hubbard firing home the winning goal with 31 seconds remaining on the clock.
Leading the scoring was Hubbard, followed by Samantha Lagormisno, Abbey Cameron and Lexi Andrade.
Killey Creer, the goalie, won the Gold Stick award for the week with 15 saves for the day, holding the Vipers to two goals in the second half.
The hard work of the defense paid off. The centers, Lexi Andrade taking a majority of the draws along with Tiernan Settles, contributed to Synergys success by controllingthe ball off the draw.
Synergy plays with four eighth graders, three freshman and two girls who picked the sport up in January.