GLEN RIDGE, NJ- The Verona Girls Lacrosse Team ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday falling in the ECT Semifinals to Glen Ridge by a final score of 18-2.
“They are an amazing team and we came out very flat and our basics struggled today so not only did a better team beat us today, but we beat ourselves unfortunately,” said Verona Head Coach Suzanne Giarrusso.
Glen Ridge came out strong scoring goals on the opening three possessions in route to a 4-0 lead by the 22:18 mark. Verona could not cross into the offensive zone in the opening few minutes with dropped balls and miscues all over the field.
“I do believe that was one of the worst games we played this year and I think they were in shell shock right from the start,” said Giarrusso.
Glen Ridge continued their dominance after the first Lady Hillbillies shot on goal, which came five minutes into the game. Glen Ridge’s top two scorers Gretchen Gilmore and Galen Lew showed why they will be continuing their lacrosse careers in division one schools to help send Glen Ridge on a six goal scoring run. The duo, who will be playing at Penn State and Stanford respectively combined for nearly half of the Ridgers goals scored in the contest.
“Unfortunately we just couldn’t play against them today,” said Giarrusso.
Verona eventually broke the shutout off of two goals from veteran leaders Ava Anderson and Dana Pena who continued a solid Essex County Tournament. Anderson’s lone goal came in the first half and gave her six for the tournament in two games to go along with two assists while Pena collected her’s in the second half to give her six goals and an assist in the ECT.
“They have been such tremendous leaders for us this year and they demand the best, they bring a level of intensity to every practice and they have just been tremendous for us this year,” said Giarrusso.
For Verona, the loss snaps a nine game winning streak that is one of the best in school’s history. While the team’s run at a County Title was thwarted for the second consecutive season by Glen Ridge they can reflect positively on their play over the first month and a half of the season.
“We’ve had a nice run this year and hopefully we can continue on that way,” said Giarrusso.
Verona, who now stands at 9-1 on the year will look to rebound this week with their senior night upcoming. The team will use this as a learning lesson for the State Tournament as it rapidly approaches.
“We have some good girls and unfortunately a loss sometimes shows you you’re not as good as you think you are and I’m going to take this loss and it proves we are beatable and we do need to work hard because the State Tournament is two weeks away,” said Giarrusso.