By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights lacrosse team (2-9) sustained two road losses over the past week, and one of them came down to the final ticks on the clock.
Just like how they defeated Trumbull 11-10 earlier in the season back in April, the Knights were on the other end this time, ending the week with a close, 11-10 loss on Friday, May 15 in West Hartford against the Hall Warriors (8-6).
Although Southington gave up a goal in the first minute and found themselves down 4-0 after the first 10 minutes of the game, the Knights fought their way back to a 7-5 deficit at halftime and scored the first two goals after the break to tie the game, 7-7.
Hall responded with four consecutive goals, making it 11-7. The Knights would answer with three goals in the last minute of the game, but time would conspire against the Knights in the end and one minute wouldn’t be enough.
Alexa Luponio scorched the Knights’ offense with six goals on seven attempts, three of them coming in the last minute of the game. Raymond (one assist) followed up with two goals on four attempts (one free position) and Helen Dinnan (one assist) and Lee both had one. Steph Zera distributed a team-high three assists. Allie Abacherli saved 21 of the Warriors’ 32 shots on goal for the Knights.
The Knights finished with a total of 26 controlled ground balls, nine controlled draws, and one interception. Zera had six controlled ground balls and Raymond had seven controlled draws.
Mackenzie Molodetz led the Warriors with five goals. Gabrielle Gershon saved 10 of the Knights’ 20 shots on goal for the Tomahawks.
“There was a lull in the second half where we played like it was the last 30 seconds of the game, even though there was still 20 to 15 minutes left. If there were three more minutes in the end, I think it would have ended up a little differently, but we played until the very end,” said Lady Knight coach Jill Pomposi. “It was very evenly matched, and they were making the same mistakes that we were making. It came down to ground control and ground balls. In a tight game like that, those make the difference.”
Earlier in the week, the Knights visited No.4 team in the state on the preseason coaches’ poll, the Glastonbury Tomahawks (12-1), on Tuesday. After heading into to halftime down by a score of 14-3, the Knights were unable to recover, suffering their largest deficit on the year with a 19-3 loss.
Luponio scored the Knights’ only three goals on four attempts. Faith Ritchie and Jess Lee each dished out an assist. Morgan Raymond controlled three ground balls and four draws. Lee also controlled three ground balls. Abacherli saved 16 of the Tomahawks’ 35 shots on goal for the Knights.
Maddie Norman (two assists), Catherine Guanci, Lindsay Shettle, and Angela McCarthy (three assists) each led the Tomahawks with three goals. Audrey Apanovitch saved nine of the Knights’ 12 shots on goal for the Tomahawks.
“We’ve been playing better, but our record doesn’t show the fact that we’re improving in the fact that we haven’t won in a while,” said Pomposi. “They outplayed us, outhustled us, and were stronger in those areas. It was rough, but we didn’t get any yellow cards, which we’ve recently been getting, so we were pumped about that small victory.”
With five games left in the regular season, Southington still needs five victories to clinch a postseason berth. The Knights hope to keep their playoff hopes alive this week with games against RHAM (3-8), Windsor (9-3), and Farmington (9-4).