Girl’s Lacrosse Cradles Hope for Success

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SLS Girls Varsity Lacrosse warms up

For the past two seasons, the St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has struggled to break its streak of less than stellar performances. Although it has had its ups and downs, the team has always ended the season with around a .500 win/loss ratio. This year, however, the girls are a fresh team. Despite losing a few key players, the team has acquired six new athletes: one senior, one sophomore, three freshman, and one eighth grader. In addition, the team has a new head coach, Amanda Williams, who looks to help bring the girls success this season.

The revitalized team is led by captains Lindsay Bralower ’13 and Caroline Parsons ‘13. Both girls have played varsity-level lacrosse since their freshman year and have always been important components of the team. Parsons and Bralower will assume most of the offensive responsibility for the Storm, with the assistance of sisters Finley ’16 and Gillis Frechette ’17. Furthermore, Nijah Wilson ’14, one of the team’s top veterans, will help lead a developing group of defenders alongside goalies Juliana Soltys ’15, Molly Pivirotto ’14, and Rebecca Leonard ’16.

The Storm opened the year with a 20-8 loss to a very strong Greens Farms Academy team. Nevertheless, the girls came out hard for their first game of the season. Bralower and Parsons scored a combined total of 5 goals, while Finley Frechette had a total of 3 goals.

After the game, Molly Pivirotto remarked, “Although we lost our first game by several goals, we definitely showed dominance on the field. From preseason to now, the team has been working extremely hard to play together and, although it did not pay off today, it will soon.”

Fortunately, the team was able to come back and grab a big 17-9 win over Portledge School last Thursday. In this game, Parsons and F. Frechette dominated the game with a combined 11 goals. Leonard stepped up as goalie for the team and had 3 key saves in the second half to keep the Storm ahead. As a whole, St. Luke’s controlled the game on the ground and fought hard to earn the win.

On Tuesday, after a long bus ride to Hopkins School in New Haven, the girls hustled off the bus and onto the field, ready to play. Although the game started slowly, St. Luke’s was able to control the pace with Caroline Parsons winning the draws. Despite the 14-8 loss, the Storm outshot Hopkins.

“We started off slow and went down quickly on the scoreboard but once we settled down, the girls were able to work hard and come back from a huge deficit. I was really proud of the team for never giving up and I hope that we can learn from this loss,” Parsons told the Sentinel.

The Storm are still coming together under the new coaching staff, but they should consistently improve during the spring and have their eyes on a winning season. Up next for GVL will be an exciting game against Rye Country Day on Tuesday,  April 16th. The game will be at home on Watson Field. The players urge all Storm fans to come out and support them as they seek a big win.

— Emma O’Brien, Staff Writer

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