West Forsyth’s girls lacrosse team keeps finding ways to win games.
West improved its overall record to 4-0 on Saturday with an 11-10 victory against Marist at the Wolverine Den.
West’s victory was led by a sister act, as junior Marisa Martelli scored four goals, while freshman sibling Monica Martelli scored three in the first varsity start of her career.
“It is rare to see two sisters get along so well, be as competitive as anybody I have ever met, but yet have a fantastic work ethic,” West coach Dan Kaplan said.
The game began with the visiting Lady War Eagles scoring on a fast break to take a 1-0 lead, but much of the first half belonged to the Lady Wolverines.
West’s Cece Bailey scored her third goal of the season on a fast break to even the score before Laura Sheffield and Haley Hess added goals and gave West a 3-1 lead.
Following another Marist goal, Marisa Martelli scored on consecutive possessions — the second goal coming on an assist from Sheffield, who leads the team with nine this season.
Three minutes later, Monica Martelli scored her first goal and increased West’s lead to 6-3.
“Little One got the start at attack today, as we had a few girls unable to play,” Kaplan said of Monica Martelli.
West held a seemingly secure 10-5 lead with 15 minutes remaining but was held scoreless over the next 10 minutes.
“We had a few really good looks, but their goalie made some nice saves and we hit the pipe twice,” Kaplan said.
Marist had no such trouble, scoring five unanswered goals to tie the game 10-10 with 5:38 on the clock.
“We had a few defensive breakdowns,” Kaplan said. “Our defense has been strong for us this season, so we all had faith in them.”
West won the next draw, and Monica Martelli came through one final time, scoring the game-winning goal.
“I can’t say enough about [her] performance today,” Kaplan said.
“She was unfazed and determined to show she can play on the varsity level.”
The defense held Marist scoreless after that, as Carly Haraka made a free position goal save with just under two minutes left.
The offense kept possession the remainder of the game to prevent any other Marist scoring chances.
“Our team is playing well together at this point,” Kaplan said.
“It is really fun to see what they have accomplished and what they are capable of doing. They are a great group of kids to be around.”
West Forsyth (boys) 15, Norcross 6
West Forsyth’s boys team dominated Norcross on Thursday at home, improving to 3-1 on the season.
“I thought our boys did a great job containing Norcross throughout the game, including several man down situations.” said coach Chip Flemmer.
“Our boys hustled and played as a team last night, and although there is room for improvement, we are headed in the right direction this season. The offense, when patient and moving the ball around while letting plays develop, did a really good job.”