By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knight lacrosse team walked onto the field on Monday, April 13, trying to recover from a season-opening hangover, after losing to Daniel Hand.
Unfortunately the Knights dropped their second game of the season at their home field to the Guilford Indians (3-0), 12-6.
“We definitely did better than last week,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “We dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole, but we didn’t give up and didn’t let the gap grow to the size that it was last week. The last six to seven minutes we dominated, but we need to be playing at that same intensity that were playing during those last minutes for the whole game.”
Co-captain Alexa Luponio marshaled the Knights’ offense with two goals and an assist. Faith Ritchie (assist), Morgan Raymond, Steph Zera (assist), and Jess Lee jumped into the mix with one goal apiece.
The Knights had 20 shots on goal compared to Guilford’s 37. Allie Abacherli saved 25 shots, and Guilford’s Brooke Distante saved 14.
Three days later, the Knights hosted the Conard Chieftains (4-0) in the conference opener for Southington’s third consecutive home appearance to kick off the season. The Chieftains were ranked ninth in the Top-10 Coaches Poll and were not an easy task for the Knights.
Lee paced the Knights’ offense with two of the teams’ three goals. Raymond scored the other goal. Zera and Luponio each had an assist, but it wasn’t enough against the top 10 rival.
The Knights suffered their third-straight loss of the season, falling short to the Chieftains, 12-3.
“Just like the other day, at the very end of the game we played our hearts out and did things that we weren’t doing the entire game,” said Pomposi. “We need to dig deep and figure out how we’re going to do that for 15 minutes. We need to be more consistent and a little more fluid, confident with our stick skills.”
The Knights had six shots on goal while the Chieftains had 22. Abacherli saved 10 shots for the Knights and Laure Scheid saved three for the Chieftains.
“Allie played amazing,” the Knights coach said. “She has one of the hardest positions on the field, but the first half was her best first half of the year. Yeah, some goals went in, but she really stepped up and didn’t have her head down at any point after they scored.”
The Knights set out in search of their first win next week against the Simsbury Trojans (2-2) in another conference match-up.
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