WOOD RIVER JCT. — Jenna Brierly tied a Chariho High girls’ lacrosse record with seven goals in Friday’s 12-11 Division III-South win against Pilgrim.
Brierly’s seven-goal output tied a school record for goals scored in a single game. Both Mattie Russell and Hannah Baker scored seven goals in a game last season. It was a career high for Brierly. She scored against six against Westerly earlier this season and also had six goals in a game last season.
Brierly has scored 17 goals for the Chargers (3-0 overall, 3-0 Division III-South) in the early going.
“Jenna is the last person on the attack so we’re feeding the ball to her. She had a lot of 1-v-1 chances. I’m pleased with the way she’s been scoring, but not surprised. I just want to make sure everybody is feeding the ball and we don’t turn into having just one main scorer,” Chariho coach Michelle Tebbets said.
The win was a big one for Chariho as both teams came in unbeaten in league play. Chariho was able to build an 11-5 lead over the Patriots (2-2, 2-1) and needed the cushion as Pilgrim ended the game by scoring four consecutive goals.
Tebbets said she was never worried about the game going to overtime, or the Chargers falling behind. Pilgrim and Chariho played a pair of OT games a year ago, with each winning one. The teams tied for second in the division last season with 8-3 league records.
“This was definitely a good win. Every time we play Pilgrim it seems like it goes to overtime. They are kind of a roller coaster team that will fall behind then score a lot of goals to fight back into it. I was really focused on keeping our girls on the same level and not getting drawn into it,” Tebbets said.
According to Tebbets, the game got very physical as the Pats were attempting to climb out of the 11-5 deficit.
Chariho goalie Maddie Newman stopped 10 shots.
Chariho has now outscored the opposition 43-16 through three games.
The Chargers are scheduled to play the North Smithfield/Burrillville co-op on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Cranston West .................6
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High committed seven errors and allowed five unearned runs in the Division I loss to the Falcons on Friday.
The Chargers also put two runners on base with no outs in the fourth and sixth innings, but failed to score each time
“We certainly had our chances to score and we threw the ball around and made bad plays,” Chariho coach Dave Petrocelli said. “Kailee Morgan pitched a good game and we didn’t help her.”
Morgan did not walk a batter and finished with six strikeouts in seven innings. She allowed eight hits.
Chariho (2-1, 2-1 Division I) scored a run in the first when Rachel Boyle came home on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Rousseau. The other Chariho run came in the third when Boyle scored on a sacrifice fly by Brianna Cole.
Boyle was 2 for 3 with a double. Jess Ryan and Indian O’Neil contributed two hits each.
Cranston West, which led 4-2 after four innings, improved to 2-2 overall and in the league.
Chariho travels to Stonington today at 1 p.m.