Hamilton High West Girls Lacrosse player Melanie Meara jumps for joy after scoring her 100th career goal against Nottingham. Photo by Michael A. Sabo
By Rich Fisher
May 12: Two Hamilton West girls’ lacrosse players reached impressive milestones at Veterans Park Thursday night, but an improved Nottingham team took home the evening’s big prize.
The Northstars, who won the first game in program history last year, tripled that total this season by taking a 7-5 victory over the Hornets.
But in defeat, Hamilton’s Maddie Meara became the third West player to score 100 career goals, while goalie Shannon Hood made nine saves, including the 250th of her career.
Meara, who set Hamilton’s single-season record for goals one game earlier, needed just one to hit the century mark. But the Northstars shut her down in the first half en route to a 5-1 lead.
Hamilton made a furious second-half comeback and Meara got her history maker with nine minutes remaining, but the Northstars held on to improve to 3-8.
Michaela Donnelly led Nottingham with four goals and two assists, giving her 28 goals for the season and 57 for her career. Should the sophomore keep up this pace, she will become the first Northstar to crack 100.
Karicia Perea added two goals and an assist, while Giuliana Pocino had a goal for the Stars. Rachel Soto-Garcia made seven saves for the win.
Meara finished with three goals, while Lauren LeClaire and McKenna Wolcott had one apiece. Meara, who has 60 goals this season, joins Erin Septer and Lashay Ross as Hamilton’s 100-goal scorer. Ross had the previous record for goals in a season with 55.