Dominant. If there were one word to describe the Coronado Islanders Women’s Lacrosse home opener, that would be it.
On Wednesday, March 24, the Islanders squared off with the Broncos of Rancho Bernardo, and it was clear from the first whistle that the visiting Broncos were in over their heads. The Islanders wasted no time finding their opening goal, as just a mere 56 seconds into the match, senior No. 16 Allie White would find the back of the net, giving Coronado the early 1-0 advantage. In the following 2 minutes, Coronado would quickly add another two goals. One courtesy of No. 8 Ella Ackerly and the other on a bounce shot from No.7 Abby Bryant.
To anyone watching, it was clear to see where the Islander’s strengths were for the night. With a continued aggressive play on offense and defense, the Islanders never allowed Rancho Bernardo to get comfortable or settle into their game plan. The Islander’s speed and physicality also appeared to be too much for the Broncos to handle, allowing the Islanders to get continually strong shots off on goal.
Even with the quick 3-0 lead just 2:30 minutes into the game, the Islanders kept their foot firmly on the gas pedal, as White would find the back of the net yet again, making it 4-0. A mere 2 minutes later, No.1 Lily Roughneen and No. 9 Julia Mineo would score beautiful back-to-back driving, unassisted goals to stretch the Islander lead to 6-0 with just over 15 mins left in the first half. Before the halftime horn would ring, the Islanders would get two more goals, as Ackerly and Roughneen would both collect their second goals of the game to make it 8-1 Coronado at the Half.
While it’s easy to get lost in the offensive onslaught that the Islanders brought to the first half on Wednesday, it should be noted just how well the Islanders defense held up as well. All half the Islanders continually made life difficult for the Bronco offense. They routinely knocked balls loose, stayed tight with Bronco attackers, and only conceded but three goals on the night. Even when the Broncos had a breakaway/one-on-one opportunity with 3:16 left in half, they couldn’t cash in thanks to a fantastic stick save by goalie No.17 Wokie Lavacheck.
The second half was nearly a mirror image of the first for the Islanders and started with yet another fantastic play from White. After intercepting an Rancho Bernardo pass attempt, White figured, why not do the rest myself, as she took the ball coast to coast, rattling the back of the next for her third goal on the night and extending the Islanders lead to 9-1.
Just 1 minute later, to not to be outdone by her teammate, Ackerly also added her third goal of the game, making it 10-1 Coronado.
However, perhaps the night’s most impressive Islander offensive possession came with just over 15 mins left in the game. Following yet another steal, Coronado had another breakaway opportunity. Rather than any one player drive at the net unassisted, the Islanders instead used their numbers advantage by following four impressive and clinical passes. Roughneen would find No. 5 Mallory Morrissey, who would put away the Islanders 11th goal of the night.
Before the final horn would sound, the Islanders would tackle a few more goals and be safe. With White adding a fourth goal to an already impressive day and Mineo added her second and third goals of the day to complete her hat trick.
Does it get better than a dominant 15-3 win to start your season? I can’t imagine so—the Islander’s next home game Friday, April 2, versus the Mavericks of La Costa Canyon at 4:30 p.m.