WOONSOCKET --- After enduring its worst week of the spring and slipping out of first place in the Division III-North standings, Mount St. Charles was determined to put forth a superb effort in Monday’s showdown with the North Smithfield/Burrillville co-op team.
And thanks to big offensive afternoons from Jordan McComb and Shaina Bauersachs and a stellar 16-save performance from goalie Grace McWilliams, the Mounties were able to do just that in rolling to a 20-7 victory over their neighboring rivals.
The Mounties, who lead the entire Division III in scoring (averaging exactly 14 goals per game), matched their season-high total for goals in a game, and did so against a team that handed them an overtime loss in their season opener back on April 1.
“We came back with a vengeance,” admitted Mount coach Allie Macamaux, whose team is 7-4. “The girls just came out ready to play, and they gave it their all today. They really wanted to win this game.”
The Mounties were coming off a three-loss week that saw them fall to Smithfield, which entered the week with six straight victories and now occupies first place, Pilgrim, and the Division III-South’s top team, undefeated Chariho.
Determined not to suffer their first four-game losing streak since 2010, the Mounties took charge from the start. They stormed out to a 4-1 lead in only the game’s first 2½ minutes and never took their foot off the accelerator in increasing their lead to 11-3 at halftime.
In the opening 8:20 of the second half, the Mounties’ lead grew to 15-4, and they scored the last five goals of the contest to cement their most lopsided victory of the season.
Leading the assault was McComb, who continued her phenomenal season with six goals and five assists. The talented junior now has 46 goals and 33 assists, and her assist total and number of points (79) are both the fourth-most in the entire state.
Bauersachs, meanwhile, notched three goals and four assists, giving the senior captain 30 goals and 25 assists. Sophomore Elizabeth Caruso also contributed four goals, while two of Bauersachs’ classmates, Ally Goralski and Jane Moniz, ended up with hat tricks, and her younger sister, freshman Carly Bauersachs, tallied MSC’s other goal.
McWilliams, meanwhile, continued her solid first season as the Mounties’ goaltender by turning away 16 shots, with most of her best stops coming in the final half.
“I think she’s sixth in the state for goaltending,” added Macamaux, whose team will host Scituate this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. before setting its sights on the playoffs. “She’s doing a very good job this season, and she did really well today.”
While the win snapped the Mounties’ losing streak, the defeat dropped their co-op rival’s record in its last five games to 1-3-1. N.S./Burrillville is now 6-4-1 and will visit Chariho in its regular-season finale on Wednesday before beginning its postseason.
The co-op squad received five of its goals from its junior standout, Isis Van Putten, who now has 35 goals this season. Van Putten, who has been battling a left hamstring injury, scored three straight midway through the second half.
Kelsey Farrell also scored her 24th goal of the year, Jessica Cloutier added a second-half goal, and goalie Taylor Duquette ended up with 10 saves.
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