East Syracuse Andy Reed has preached team chemistry all season, but for three of his players on the East Syracuse- Minoa girls’ lacrosse team, that fluency is already learned, if not inborn.
Hosting Mexico on Thursday night, Sam Dooling and Nicole DeVona combined for 14 points in the Spartans’ 12-10 victory over the Tigers.
“They’re cousins,” Reed said, unable to hold back a smile. “Nicole, Haley (DeVona) and Sam. They pretty much play all year round so they know what each other can do.”
Dooling tallied six goals and an assist while Nicole Devona logged seven assists - five to Dooling - for ESM (4-1), which prevailed in a back-and-forth affair under rainy conditions. Rachel Toole added four goals and an assist in her third game back from an ankle injury, cranking home the game-winning unassisted score with just under eight minutes to play.
“I think our defense played pretty strong and our offense held it together.” Reed said. We had some lapses here and there, but for the most part we had some great feeds inside and looks on cage that resulted in goals.”
Joelle Lombardoni led Mexico (4-2) with three goals, all coming in the second half, and two assists. Jamie Wallace pitched in three scores as well, including her final tally which tied the game at 10-10 with 9:16 remaining.
Dooling scored three in a row for ESM as the Spartans turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-3 advantage with 4:23 left in the third half. The first two came from DeVona — an underhand flip feed that Dooling placed in the top-left corner and a quick pass off a free-position attempt — before Toole connected with Dooling for the third score.
After Wallace found Jessica Lawler cutting down the middle for Mexico’s equalizer, Toole took a pass from DeVona and beat Tigers goaltender Sarah Brown to give ESM a 5-4 halftime lead.