Larger girls’ lacrosse team will allow for more subs

February 25, 2019 — by Anna Novoselov

Head Coach: Trey Freeman

2017-2018 record: 3-16

2017-2018 recap: The girls struggled during games because of limited subs and finished 8th in the SCVAL league.

Key matchups: March 6 vs. Los Gatos, March 15 vs. Mountain View, March 20 vs. Gunn

Star Players: junior Kathryn Hamilton, senior Ines Pickard

Key losses to graduation: Nayoung Kim, Milan Nguyen, Laira Bhurji

Prognosis:

Last year, the JV team combined with the varsity team halfway through the season, splitting the team in terms of skill level and team chemistry. For most of the season, many players would play for an entire game.

However, the larger interest in lacrosse this season will allow the girls more subs. Almost 50 girls signed up for tryouts this season while only about 30 did last year.

Tryouts occurred the first week of February, but girls participating in winter sports will only join after their current season ends. The first game will be on Feb. 27 against Woodside Priory.

Junior Julia Yoo said that the increased interest in the sport might be because the new coach, Trey Freeman, also coaches the girls’ field hockey team in the fall. The upperclassmen on the team also tried to recruit new players because they feared that the sport may be cut due to a lack of participation.

Yoo hopes that the team will bond and learn to play cohesively rather than as individuals so they can do better than last year.

“The team’s strength is making everyone feel included and encouraging each other,” Yoo said. “I hope that the team will have good chemistry so we can work both in and off the field together.”

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