WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls’ lacrosse program is doing everything possible to stay ready for the season, while bonding online.

Senior captains Ana Fowler, Mikaela Buoscio and Tate Fallon have done their part in bringing the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams closer together, even with their season being postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

“Our motto going into this season was ‘Better than Yesterday.’ When we found out our season was postponed, the captains wanted to find a way to get all three teams connected and motivated in addition to our remote workouts,” Fowler said. “Our new, more urgent motto became ‘Keep the Faith,’ and we wanted to spread this message to the entire program.”

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The senior class of seven decided to drop off goodie bags to the almost 60 girls playing lacrosse at the high school. The bags had candy, inspiring notes, and bracelets, which said “WHS Girls Lacrosse — Keep the Faith.”

“I think our new motto will help us maintain high hopes during this time away from one another physically,” said head coach Abby Cohn. “We went to practice each day with a focus, which was to be better than we were the day before. The first time I realized the effects of the virus were going to impact our season was when practices and school got canceled. It still feels surreal.”

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All games have been canceled through at least April 19.

“I committed to Elon to play lacrosse in December of my junior year, but I think if this outbreak happened last year, it definitely would have impacted the recruiting process,” Buoscio said. “Game stats and film are a big part of every player’s profile, in addition to exposure during prospect clinics and showcases. Players who significantly developed as a player in their junior year are at a big disadvantage, because they are missing a crucial time to show their growth.”

Fowler, who is Buoscio’s cousin, teammate and co-captain, is also committed to play college lacrosse, at Bates College in Maine.

“As unfortunate as this season being postponed is, this will make me even more excited to play at the college level,” Fowler said. “I am getting a great opportunity playing in the NESCAC, while representing Bates. Even though I won’t be playing for Westfield next year, I will also be able to represent myself as a Blue Devil, because of how well this program has shaped me as athlete and as a person.”

The team is holding remote workouts daily on Zoom, which is keeping them connected, and in shape if the season resumes.

Michael Siroty is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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