WOONSOCKET — After opening its season last week with a heartbreaking loss, Mount St. Charles came back strong to win a thriller in its home opener on Monday afternoon.
Senior tri-captain Ally Goralski and sophomore standout Elizabeth Caruso each scored three goals, and the Mounties held off a late comeback by Smithfield to pin a 12-10 loss on the visiting Sentinels in their Division III-North matchup.
The Mounties, who held a 5-3 lead at halftime, broke a 6-6 tie by netting five of the next six goals to claim an 11-7 lead with 8:27 left in the game.
But the Sentinels (1-1) didn’t go away quietly. They pecked away at the Mounties’ lead, and with 1:22 to play, they quickly scored back-to-back goals to slice their deficit to two.
With a minute to play, they again threatened to score, but after an off-balanced shot by a Smithfield player sailed over the net, the Mounties quickly worked the ball back down the end of the field and managed to run out the clock.
“It seemed like we were always answering each other’s shots,” said Mount coach Allie Macamaux, who is in her first season as the head coach after serving the last two as an assistant. “This was a really good game.”
The Mounties were coming off a really good game last Tuesday against the Burrillville/North Smithfield co-op squad, a team they defeated three times last season. But their co-op rivals came away with a 14-13 victory that saw them force overtime by tying the score at 10-10 with 20 seconds left in regulation.
Two days later, Smithfield pinned a 12-6 defeat on Burrillville/North Smithfield, and while the Sentinels’ win caught the Mounties’ attention, it didn’t deter them from putting forth a strong effort in Monday’s contest.
“This is a good division,” remarked Macamaux, who added with a smile, “It’s been very competitive so far, and it’s given me a lot of anxiety!”
While Goralski and Caruso had solid games offensively, so did junior Jordan McComb, who followed up her five-goal game in last week’s opener with two goals and two assists against the Sentinels. Her second goal gave the Mounties their four-goal command.
Senior Jane Moniz also produced multiple goals, and the Bauersachs sisters, senior Shaina and freshman Carly, each added one. The younger Bauersachs and Caruso also each had a hat trick in last week’s opener.
The Sentinels were led by senior Molly Smith, who netted six goals, four of them in the second half. Michaela Benoit and Fallon Greene also played well for the visitors.
The Mounties return to action on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. game at North Providence, which posted an 11-9 win over Scituate in its opener, and like Burrillville/North Smithfield and Smithfield, promise to challenge Mount in its bid to defend the regular-season title it won last spring with a 9-3 record.
“We won our regular season last year, so it would be nice to repeat,” Macamaux said when asked about her team’s goals for the season. “We also made it to the semis last year, but we’d like to go a little bit further (this year). But overall, we just want to have a good, positive season. We have a great group of girls and I’m very excited about this season.”
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