MILLVILLE — The Sky View girls lacrosse team entered rare territory for the program with its dominating 16-6 road win over Ridgeline on Monday evening.
After an 0-2 start to the season, the Bobcats (3-3), have now won three of their last four games and are on a two-game winning streak. A winning streak is something midfielder Lyndsie Thacker said hasn’t happened in years.
“Every year we’ve won like one game,” Thacker said. “Getting two in a row, that’s never happened before since my freshman year.”
For Ridgeline (0-5), the loss sends the team further into a spiral. The Riverhawks have now lost each game by at least eight goals and have not claimed victory yet this season.
Ridgeline drew first blood with a goal just under five minutes in by Cora Martinez, but Sky View scored six of the next seven goals of the half, and entered the break up 6-3. The Bobcats then scored the first five goals of the second half to build an insurmountable lead.
Though the end result was a comfortable win, multiple times throughout the game, the Bobcats had to surmount runs by the Riverhawks. The first came at the start of the game with the opening goal from Ridgeline and a game-tying goal early on that halted a two-goal run from the Bobcats. Later, Ridgeline went on a 3-1 run that took an 11-3 game to a 12-6 game, forming the early signs of a dramatic comeback.
Both times, however, Sky View responded with four-goal runs that obliterated Ridgeline momentum.
Thacker led all scorers with five goals. She was joined by Sky View teammates Madison Gardner and Zsofi Ugray as players to notch a hat trick in the game. Martinez finished with three goals for Ridgeline.
Sky View didn’t dominate possession for much of the game, instead using their quick style of play to simply outrun the Riverhawks on their way to goal. Many of the Bobcats’ goals were simply a fastbreak where no one managed to stop or slow down the attacking player.
“Coach says look to goal first so that’s what we’re going to do,” Thacker said with a grin.
Bobcats head coach McKenzie Christiansen said she’s seen a “shift” in the players from games earlier this year which were reminiscent of previous losing seasons to the form her girls are currently in.
“They’re coming together as individual players,” Christiansen said. “Finding who they are as a player, finding who they are as a team and finding their team spirit, too. A lot people are from different schools and they’re coming together as Sky View, and that’s really cool to see.”
Thacker has noticed trends in the new players coming on to the team. Most notable among those are the fact that they are already experienced players — a credit to youth teams.
“Because we get in a bunch of freshman that are experienced instead of us having to teach, that’s really changed things,” Thacker said.
Christiansen said she’s “confident about this season” and the upcoming games, and added she thinks “these girls are going to hold up really well.”
Annabelle Hoffman scored a goal for Sky View, while Belle Quiggle and McCall Davis found the back of the net for Ridgeline. Quiggle scored twice.