By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights lacrosse team (2-7) had a tough go this past week, losing both games they played in after spending a week of the field from game play.
The Knights returned to their home turf on Friday, May 8 where they lost to the Berlin Redcoats, 12-7, but didn’t go down quietly.
The Knights went scoreless in the first half of play, 7-0, but came out firing in the second half, putting up four unanswered goals after the first five minutes. However, that run would cool off and the Redcoats would go on to take the game.
Six different Knights scored in the game. Alexa Luponio paced the offense with two goals on four shot attempts. Raymond, Helen Dinnan, Stephanie Zera, Jess Lee, and Faith Ritchie (had team’s only assist) each scored a goal.
Olivia Jacques led the Redcoats with five goals.
The Knights finished with 25 shots on goal to the Redcoats’ 29. Abacherli saved 17 shots in the cage for the Knights, and Taylor Smolicz saved 18 shots for the Redcoats.
“We played 50 minutes, and it was one of our best games,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “It really came to kill us that we didn’t score at all in the first half. If we scored in the first half, we have gotten the win and the outcome we wanted, but I am so proud of them. We played together for the entire time. We didn’t give up. We chipped away and never gave up. Everything we talked about was shown out here tonight. It was a totally different team tonight than last night.”
The previous day, the Knights visited the South Windsor Bobcats (4-5) and were defeated 13-2.
Morgan Raymond scored the only two goals for the Knights on nine shot attempts. Becca Russo and Lauren Crusha led the Bobcats with three goals each.
The Knights finished with 14 shots on goals to the Bobcats’ 25. Allie Abacherli saved 12 shots in the cage for the Knights and Alyssa Karlins also saved 12 shots for the Bobcats.
“We really didn’t show up to play,” said Pomposi. “We just let them do whatever they wanted and let them command everything. We weren’t stepping up at all and didn’t dictate really until the end of the game. We were making silly passes and every time we had the ball on attack, we felt rushed because we were down very early. That just continued throughout the game, but we’ve been learning something new from every game and we talked a lot about it the other night.”
The Knights look to improve their record this week with a match against the Hall Warriors (7-4) in West Hartford.