By John Goralski
Southington sent wave after wave into the East Catholic zone, pinning the Eagles deep in their zone. East Catholic managed just five shots in the second half. The Lady Knights held them to just one score.
It was hard to believe that it was the Southington team that was playing in their second game in as many days. The Eagles were the ones on tired legs.
“The girls told me that they heard the East Catholic girls talking about how out of shape they are,” Lady Knight coach Jill Pomposi said with a laugh. “We came in this year saying that we were going to be in shape bcause we knew that it would help us in a lot of games. It helped us yesterday, and it helped us today, too.”
Southington charged into the lacrosse season with convincing wins over NW Catholic and East Catholic in the opening week, and Pomposi said that they were just getting started. The offense surged in the first game with 15 goals. The defense anchored the second win, allowing just one score in the second half.
It’s a good start, but Pomposi is far from finished.
“Next week, we want to play a full 50 minutes. I’m still looking for that,” she said after the team’s second win. “If we can put in a full 50 minutes, we’ll be able to keep this going…Today was only about 40 minutes.”
Southington opened the first game on all cylinders. NW Catholic struck first, but the Knights answered with four of the next five goals to take a 7-5 lead at the break.
Carolynn Keal powered the attack with eight goals, including five in the second half. Alex Luponio and Morgan Raymond scored three goals apiece. Helen Dinnan scored once, while Faith Ritchie, Laurel Dean, and Jess Lee collected assists. Allie Abacherli made 13 saves, and Southington won, 15-8.
“It was a lot of adrenaline and intensity,” Pomposi said. “We were so scrappy. We were on every 50-50 ball. We were talking and cheering everybody on. It was good to see veryone in the game and working together.”
That trend continued the following day. Keal scored five times with two assists. Lee scored three times, and Raymon scored twice. Southington had scoring opportunities from seven different players as they charged to their second win.
“It’s nice to be able to rely upon the whole attack instead of just one or two girls. I think our transition is going to be strong, and we got one or two goals off of transition. We also got some scores off of set plays or our motion attack, and I was pretty happy with that. We got a lot of different girls involved.”
Abacherli anchored the second half defense and finished with 17 saves.
“Allie definitely held it together back there,” said the coach. “She made a lot of good saves, and she was really communicating with our defense. That was huge to see them play as a unit, and she came out of the cage a lot.”
The Knights will try to carry the momentum into this week with games against Newington and Bristol.