BANGOR, Maine — It was already a tall order for Thomas College’s women as they faced off against Husson University in a lacrosse game at Boucher Field on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.
Not only did Thomas’ Terriers have to figure out a way to slow down Husson’s Shelby Bradford, they had to do so in iron man fashion with a 12-player roster and no reserve players .
Both tasks proved much too difficult as Bradford scored just 3:37 into the game and finished with four goals and five assists to help lead the Eagles to a 25-2 victory.
Bradford helped key a three-goal flurry in the first 4½ minutes to stake the 4-4 Eagles to a comfortable lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“It’s hard with the rules to double anyone, and when you have someone like Bradford who can really beat you, one on one, it’s almost impossible, especially if you don’t have anyone with her speed,” said Thomas coach Andrea Thebarge. “She’s smart with the ball. She’s kind of like the quarterback out there with her aware-ness.”
Bradford, who figured in five of Husson’s first 11 goals as the Eagles built a 14-2 halftime lead, said the team has come a long way in the last two months.
“Well, we can actually catch it now so that helps the whole attack,” said the junior attacker from Lee. “That’s something we struggled with early this season.
“We had so many people who didn’t know what they were doing and now we can catch and pass.”
They can also attack teams from different angles and areas of the field. Tuesday, the Eagles had great success setting up scoring plays from behind the net and on passes from the left side out in front.
“They just played us straight up and started hanging back on our draws,” said Jami Ladd, a freshman attacker. “Their defense helped us be able to attack from behind because when they pressure from behind, it’s easier for us to roll right back on them.
“Most of our goals were set up from the left so we could shoot from the right.”
Ladd joined in the scoring binge early, scoring the first goal 46 seconds into the game en route to five total.
Junior Caitlin Ramsey had three goals, as did fellow midfielder Alex Huffman, a sophomore. Sophomore midfielder Kalyee Godan of Old Orchard Beach and sophomore attacker Ashley Cyr of Madawaska each scored two goals.
“We had 12 different people score today, which is really good for us, but we also pulled together a bunch of things: Goaltending, midfield and attack,” said Husson coach Mark Hundhammer. “We defended better, and we’ve had problems being sloppy with our checks, but we moved our feet better today, and with our decent speed, we can put pressure on teams once we get into an attack.”
Husson’s other goal scorers were sophomore Caitlyn Buttefield of gorham, Rebecca Hatin, Rachel Swasey, Vanessa Nelson, Stephanie Perry and freshman Tracie Cyr of Madaska with one apiece.
Nikki Burns, a sophomore from South Berwick, made seven saves on 14 shots.
Megan Denby and Kristalynn Kidd each scored an unassisted goal for the 1-7 Terriers. Nicole Foss, a freshman from Addison, made 16 saves on 50 shots.
“We’re a young team with three or four people who have ever played lacrosse before and we obviously don’t have large numbers,” Thebarge said.