JV girls’ lacrosse is off to slow start

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Photo courtesy Gillian Berman

Coach Zucchini discusses the game plan with the team before the game on May 7.

This year, the junior varsity (JV) girls lacrosse team is off to a slow start halfway through the season. The team is led by sophomore captains Gillian Berman, Julia Lvovsky, and Mandy Schoen, along with coach Lauren Zucchini. Halfway through the season, the girls are still fighting hard.

The Patriots are four games into the season playing Blair, Whitman, Walter Johnson, and BCC. After those games, the team stands with a record of 0-3-1. With four games left, the Patriots are looking for what they need to improve on in order to win. 

On May 7, the girls played against Blair. It was a fast-paced and tight game the whole way through. With a lot of new players on the team, they had to get used to the game, and because of the COVID season, they did not have much time to prepare. The Patriots came up short, losing 13-11. Although the Patriots had a high-scoring game, they knew they couldn’t allow 13 goals in a game if they wanted to win. Their next game, on May 12, was against Whitman. Going in, the Patriots knew this would be one of their hardest games. They fought hard until the final whistle, and in the end, the girls lost 14-3. The Patriots will play Whitman again on May 28, looking for revenge. “After both of those games, we knew we had to work on swarming the ball and lining up on the 12- and eight-yard line, also had to work on positioning and passing,” sophomore Lauren Povich said.

We fought really hard during the WJ game and fixed a lot of our problems but most importantly we played till the last second, and the BCC game was tough but we learned how to play together and are looking forward to the next half of the season.”

— Gillian Berman

The Patriots then faced off against Walter Johnson on May 14. The game was going well and the girls were playing hard, keeping it a close game all the way to the end. They worked well together and started playing well. The final score was 3-3, ending in a tie. The tie did not disappoint the team, however, because the Patriots thought they were no match for WJ. The Patriots now had some rest time to prepare for their next game against BCC. The girls came out fast, keeping up with BCC in possessions and hustle, but the BCC team was a ready match for them, with a final loss,  11-3. “We fought really hard during the WJ game and fixed a lot of our problems but most importantly we played till the last second, and the BCC game was tough but we learned how to play together and are looking forward to the next half of the season,” Berman said.