United start into new girls’ lacrosse season

March 31, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger

With brand new coaches for the season, the girls’ lacrosse team has begun the league season with a 2-2 record. The lack of players due to extended winter sports forced many to miss practices in the beginning of the season, in turn affecting the team’s overall performance.

“This was hard on the team because we could not do certain drills or learn new plays,” sophomore midfielder Kelsey Kinoshitta said. “Now the attendance is better, and it’s easier to learn and practice.”

An important rival game occurred on March 26 when the team beat rival Los Gatos 13-11. The last  two points that scored Saratoga the win were shot by sophomore midfielder Julia Vita and junior forward Talia Clement. This win secured the lacrosse team’s fifth win against LG in the past three years. Clement, Vita and senior Christina Crolla have been leading the team in scoring.

The girls lost 11-4 to Burlingame on March 20 and lost 9-4 to Gunn the previous day. Coach Danny Wallace was unable to be at those games for personal reasons, affecting the team’s defense in both games to not have his insight for plays during the game.

Palo Alto has been girls’ lacrosse’s toughest competition for years and on March 17, the girls lost 15-6 to them. Many lacrosse players complained that the referees did not call many of the illegal plays that the Palo Alto team played, resulting in the loss. However, the girl’s lacrosse players did not stoop down to their level and played clean.

The new coaches Wallace and  Krista Cavanaugh have also been teaching the team new plays and strategies that will help them recover from previous game’s losses.

Based on last year’s league championship win, the team hopes to reach at least CCS playoffs this year.

“We have a good chance of making leagues this year if we all put in the time and effort to make it the best team that it can be” junior Maya Kumar said.

Due to printing deadlines, the Falcon could not cover the March 31 game against Leland. The Falcons also play Pioneer on April 2.