NARRAGANSETT — The second-seeded Narragansett Mariners were upset by the No. 7 Chariho Chargers 15-10 on Thursday evening in the Division II girls lacrosse quarterfinals at Jim Zepp Field.
The Chargers’ defense set the tone for the game, forcing an abundance of turnovers while keeping the Mariners off-balance all night and keeping top scorer Anna Lubic off the board.
“Chariho played better than we did,” Narragansett head coach Mark Lubic said. “I give the coaching staff and the girls at Chariho all the credit in the world. They out-coached me. They out-coached us. They deserve to win the game.”
Sarah Sweet scored five goals for Narragansett, while Grace McGrady had four goals. Rylie Mitchell added two assists.
The Chargers were led by both Gina Foley and Mollie Dyer, who scored four goals apiece. Narragansett senior goalie Shannon O’Connell made eight saves while Chariho’s Megan Bradley made three.
Narragansett scored the game’s first goal 32 seconds into the contest on a shot by Sweet, but it was all Chariho for the next 10 minutes. Goals by Foley, Dyer, Maura Beaudreau, Celine Brodeur and Emily St. Lawrence gave the Chargers a 5-1 lead.
The Mariners made a comeback push on goals by Sweet and McGrady, which made it a two-goal game at halftime. Sweet then scored the first two goals of the second half, deadlocking the game at 8-8 with 14:28 to play.
After the teams traded goals, Chariho regained the lead for good on two straight goals by Foley. The lead eventually grew to 15-9 as the Chargers pulled away. The Mariners managed only one more goal.
The Mariners concluded the regular season with a record of 9-3 and while the season may have not ended how they wanted, Lubic will look back on the season with satisfaction.
“I’ll remember that I was really proud of my kids,” Lubic said. “They worked hard throughout the whole year. It’s a bitter pill to lose, but there’s only one team at the end of the year that’s going to stand with all the wins. They should look back on the hard work they did throughout the season with a lot of pride. Even though we didn’t win, they should be proud of their effort and they should be proud of what they accomplished.”