Lacrosse teams stumble early

March 10, 2009 — by Ashley Chou and Ben Clement

Learning a new sport isn’t easy. Learning and mastering a new sport in less than four weeks is even harder. That, however, was exactly what both the boy’s and girl’s lacrosse teams had to accomplish during their February preseason training.

During the girls’ lacrosse season kick-off Jamboree on Feb. 28, the lady Falcons got their first chance to get a feel for the competition during back-to-back 25-minute scrimmages. Varsity won their first two games against Menlo Atherton’s JV team and Harker’s varsity. They tied their third scrimmage against Menlo Atherton’s JV team in rematch and lost their last two scrimmages against Mercy-Burlingame and Leland’s varsity teams.

“It was a great experience and I’m really excited for more games,” said senior second home Lisa Clark. “We learned a lot more playing a scrimmage than in drills at practice and such.”

The girls also played Menlo Atherton on March 6. Key players included sophomore cover point Annaliese Parker, senior attack wing Kelly Darchuk and sophomore third home Cassie Tran. Varsity lost with a final score of 11-0, but took the loss with a light smile.

“It was a great learning experience and going into the second half we definitely upped our defense and communication,” said junior third man Molly Jordan.

Varsity boys played their first game against Scotts Valley High, the second ranked team in the league last season, on March 3 in Scotts Valley. Though the team lost 17-3, they still considered it a win when compared to Los Gatos High, who lost to the same team 17-1.

The boys also played Mountain View High school on March 6 at home, suffering a demoralizing loss against Mountain View with a score of 16-3, attributing the loss primarily to an excess of penalties and sloppy offense.

“We have a lot of potential,” said junior co-captain Andrew Lee. “We just need to get some more in-game experience.”

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