Despite jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead, the Toll Gate girls lacrosse team was not able to hold on as Burrillville completed the 9-5 comeback win to take home the Division III state title. Toll Gate …
Despite jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead, the Toll Gate girls lacrosse team was not able to hold on as Burrillville completed the 9-5 comeback win to take home the Division III state title. Toll Gate would get on the board on a goal by Cassie Cirella just 27 seconds into play and would double its lead on a goal by Maddie Clark just over a minute later.
Adeline Areson scored shortly after to give the Titans the 3-0 lead less than five minutes into play.
The Burrillville offense would take off late in the first half and at one point scored five unanswered goals to make it 6-4 at the break. The Bronco defense continued to stifle Toll Gate throughout the second half and Burrillville would roll to the 9-5 win.
“I think (Burrillville) was a little nervous (in the first few minutes), but they started winning the draw and we started making mistakes in the end of the half that bit us.
We would make a save, clear it then lose it which really hurt our momentum. I told them at halftime that we were down 6-4 but only really gave up two or three good goals,” said Toll Gate coach Jim Areson.
After falling behind late in the first half, the Titans felt the pressure throughout the second which threw their offense out of rhythm.
“From there we just started pressing on offense, not taking bad shots, but shots that you hope they weren’t going to take. (Burrillville) is a good team, there are not any self-inflicted wounds with them.
With a team like that, you need to have your Aplus game and today we had our A-minus game,” said Areson.
Cirella and Adeline Areson finished with two goals each while Clark added the other.
The Titans finished the season with a 10- 2 overall record. Areson was proud of his seniors, who also played in the title game in 2019 when they fell short against Rocky Hill.
“It was a really good season. We had a great group of seniors that accomplished a lot. We had our most goals and most assists in a season since I’ve been here, went 10-1, and we got here. We also started three or four goals that never even played lacrosse, this was the 13th lacrosse game they played in. They played hard, it was hot out there, and now we just need to keep getting better,” said Areson.
Areson added: “We should be alright (next season), the kids work hard so we should always compete. We have girls like Adeline coming back and hopefully some phenomenal eighth graders coming up.
We’ll be fine. I’m just happy for these girls, this is a great accomplishment that some of them have been working toward since they were 7 or 8 years old. I am proud of them and happy to be a part of it.”