CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham girls lacrosse coach Helen Oliver was reluctant to put much stock in her team's first scrimmage for the upcoming season, an 11-8 win over Glen Ridge on Thursday at Haas Field.
But there was no hesitation when Oliver spoke about the prowess shown by sophomore midfielder Sophie Straka for the Lady Cougars after her three-goal, one assist effort vs. Glen Ridge.
"She's a really good player," Oliver said. "She has a lot of grit and a lot of strength. We're excited for all of that from all of our players. Grit and power and a real desire to get to the key. She was diving through the ball and all of that. She was on the ground a bunch."
Sophie Straka goes to the ground to put away a pass from Lizzie O'Neill in second half of scrimmage vs. Glen Ridge
Senior Frances Workman finished with a goal and two assists for Chatham, which also received two goals and an assist from sophomore Haley Riabov (see one of her goals below).
"It's very early to tell much from our first scrimmage," Oliver said. "We're really happy to be out on the field. We were in the gym most of last week.
"We've been working really hard in the offseason and it's starting to pay off. Obviously a scrimmage is the time to see what's working and what's not. It feels good to win, but it means nothing to us right now."
Chatham received its first goal of the game from Chloe McGlynn (see below) and another in the first half from Carlin Chazen (see video below).
LADY COUGAR NOTES: Chatham goalie Tamer Luzi had a strong game, allowing just two goals in the second half and finishing with 10 saves ... Ann Francesco helped seal the win when she converted a pass from Frances Workman for a 10-8 lead ... Lizzie O'Neill produced a goal and an assist and Ally Franz netted a goal for Chatham in the balanced attack.