BY Alexis martell
As the spring season of sports comes to an end, the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team has pulled through with a success in almost every game they attend and is only one game away from being in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs. The overall goal for the season was to win about a few of their games but the whole team exceeded the prediction they had started off with. So far, the team has succeeded by winning a total of eleven games out of the thirteen they had played, putting them at the very top against schools in the Southern Section League. They have high hopes of winning the games that will carry them into the CIF postseason.
Going into the season with high desires to do their absolute best, the girls had taken the victories to many of their games, some of the components being new skills and communication. Senior attack player Kylie Sherman stated, “I knew that we were going in as a super good team, but I did not think that we would be this good.” Although the team thinks they are doing well for this season, a couple of the girls feel like they must work on some skills such as their catching, passing and communication skills to help them with their practices and games. Sophomore Trinity Wright stated, “I know the team is getting better because I’m able to see the comparison but the blocking and communication will always need help.” With communication being a key to the team during game times, they have a clearer idea to improve their strategies and their number of victories.
At the beginning of the season, Sophomore Karsen Trout had described her thoughts from the beginning of the season to be “a little difficult and a bit devastating,” because of the loss of too many teammates at the start of the season. Varsity Coach Pat Mawhinney and Goalie Coach Noel Trout had been pushing the girls past what he thinks their capable of to sharpen and strengthen their skills and capabilities. Despite the team’s confidence, their win against Murrieta Mesa High School (MMHS) had taken them by surprise, who was said to be a challenge and alongside, the loss to the Great Oak. The victory against MMHS had made Sherman believe that the team’s confidence increased.
The girls as a whole have the desire to work on skills that they believe need more attention and hope to surpass what they believe they are currently capable of. With the fate of one game against Temecula Valley High School standing between the team and the CIF game, the girls all hope that they can surpass their desire for the season of making it into the CIF competition and possibly win as they continue to thrive and move forward. Goalie Coach Trout stated, “I believe that Temecula Valley is stronger [this year than last year] but our league is pretty even as far as ability.”