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JORDAN — It took a little time, but Jordan-Elbridge's offense got rolling.

After going five minutes without a goal, the Eagles took control by rattling off five goals in a seven minute stretch. The Jordan-Elbridge girls lacrosse team built up an 11-goal lead by halftime and cruised to a 14-8 victory over Chittenango at John Howes Stadium Thursday.

"It's the same thing every game. We start out really slow, and it mostly comes down to passing and catching the ball," Eagles coach Doug Mead said. "Once they settle in and get rid of the jitters, they did very well. It's been that way most games."

Jordan-Elbridge had seven different players record a goal in the first half.

Gabby Gunnip led the way with three goals and one assist, while Alexis Braun (two assists), Allison Jennings (one assist) and Clara Derby each had a pair of goals. Katie Goodrich and Delaney Dunham each tallied a goal and an assist, while Sophia Titus and Chelsea Curtis rounded out the first-half scoring.

"They're real good at sharing the ball," Mead said. "Once in a while a few of them will try to drive through two people ... but in general as a team they play well together, especially on the offensive end."

Mead took out his starters in the second half and used his bench players and athletes he called up from the junior varsity team. Clara Derby scored twice, Gabby Smart added a goal and an assist, and Margo Miller chipped in an assist.

"Next year they're going to be the ones coming up because I'm losing seven girls," Mead said. "They'll be my players next year. ... I like bringing up the younger girls and giving them a chance to see what it's like to play at this speed."

The Eagles scored all 11 goals in the first half, and Gabby Snotniski didn't allow a Bears goal until 3:07 into the second half. The freshman finished with 11 saves in the win.

Chittenango scored the first three goals of the second half to cut Jordan-Elbridge's lead to 11-3, but the Eagles took another 10-goal lead to get the clock running with 10:10 remaining. The Bears scored four times in the last 6:29 — including three times in the final 33.1 seconds to make it closer on the scoreboard — but the Eagles maintained a comfortable lead.

"To me, it's senseless to score 20 goals on someone," Mead said. "There's teams that do it and think nothing of it. To me, it's arrogant. I don't do that."

Jordan-Elbridge is off to a 3-1 start this season, and hosts Mexico on Monday.

"It should be another fairly easy game for us, but you never know," Mead said. "You say that and then you see their record, and then you come and play them and find out 'Oh, I was wrong. They're better than their record shows.'"

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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