RANDOLPH, NJ- After graduating a large number of varsity starters last spring, the majority of the 2019 girls’ lacrosse team is comprised of sophomores and juniors. While that large amount of youth and inexperience presents challenges in 2019, it will bode well for the future of the program.
“I think they are doing a great job of building cohesive attacking and defensive units,” said Coach Brittany Bryan. “It is always a challenge to adjust and learn the playing styles of teammates, but this team continues to improve daily. Each practice and each game they are becoming more confident and more comfortable as a team.”
Some of the returners who have stepped up and been leaders for the young squad include Kristine Lynch and Isabella Michener, who split time and shared the work of one midfielder last season.
“This season, both those girls are now two of our team’s strongest leaders – Kristine on defense and Bella on attack,” said MMM. “They are solid, aggressive lacrosse players with great field sense.”
Up front, much of the goal scoring power has come from Carly Snarski who leads the team with 24, followed by Claire Doto with 15 and Mischner with 9.
“Carly continues to lead this team as a goal scorer and assister, she can see plays develop and knows when and where her teammates need her to be on attack,” said Bryan.
Bryan identified Marina Dorizas, Madison Teixeira, and Abby McConvery, who were all freshmen on the JV team last season, as pleasant surprises so far this season.
“They were given a huge assignment this season to fill the shoes of graduated seniors Mackenzie Sheehan, Sarah Leneghan, and Sidney Jenkins,” said Bryan. “These girls have stepped up and continue to be dominant defenders against the talented attackers we have played.”
Against Cranford on April 10, the Lady Rams turned in a strong effort and took victory over Cranford by the score of 13-8.
Snarski led the way with six goals, while Freshman Catriona Lucas had a breakout game with four goals. Claire Doto added a goal, and assist, and six Draw Controls, while Matilda Lamberto had a goal, two assists, five Draw Controls and four ground balls. Jordyn Kushel had the Lady Rams final goal.
Annabelle Christ and Lauren Buckley split time in net to combine for the win.
“Our focus against Cranford was to work together as one team - a lot of movement on attack to break up their backer defense, quick transition, and strong defensive stands which caused turnovers,” said Bryan. “The girls kept their energy high the entire game. There were a few minutes with a bunch of turnovers and poor decisions, but the girls settled down and refocused on working together.”
So far the Lady Rams are 3-6 on the season, and will play their next game at home against Whippany Park on Thursday April 18.