Lacrosse girls on track for successful season

Starting the season with an 11-9 triumph over Marblehead High School, girls’ lacrosse team hopes to continue success, according to coach Sarah Holch.

The win against Marblehead was the first victory in the program’s history against that team. Holch believes the team’s seniors were to credit for the victory.

“All of our seniors had excellent games. In the past we have had a tough time at the start of the game, but this year our team came out 110% from the first whistle. I do not think Marblehead knew what hit them,” she said.

Holch was impressed by performances by senior captains, defensive players Lila Hughes and Sophia Guerriero, and goal keeper Katie Furber.

Continuing their success, the girls picked up two more wins. They won 13-9 gaianst Newburyport and 11-4 against Lynnfeild. They have reached double digits in score each game, and their current record is 3-0.

Attack player senior captain Brittany Smith has confidence in her team’s ability to shake off the rust and pick up where they left off last year. “I think our game needs to improve on our transitions from defense to midfield and then to offense. Once we accomplish that, we’ll be much better off,” she said.

According to Smith, the team is looking for two consecutive Cape Ann League title as champions. They also want to progress further into the state tournament than they have in previous years after getting knocked out in semifinals.

Co-captain, senior Taylor Meek, also an attack, thinks the team has a good shot because of an abundance of leaders. “We have a lot of senior leadership, not just the captains. This will help to ensure everyone is committed and able to contribute to our success,” she said.

Meek hopes to redeem the team’s losses against rivals such as Masconomet. Other rivals include Hamilton Wenham and Ipswich, whom the team beat last year.

According to the coach, these matches should be less of a problem this year. “I think we’ll do well against Girls Lax courtesy Sabrina PallazolaMasconomet and Marblehead this year,” Holch said.

Meek has confidence in what her team can do in the future. “We had two good wins last week and are looking for the same strength and intensity we showed,” she said.