By BRIAN JENNINGS
Two consecutive wins to start the week continued hopes for a postseason berth for the Lady Knights lacrosse team (4-10), but a loss at the end of the week would say otherwise.
The Knights took to the field in their only home game of the week against RHAM (3-12) on Monday night, May 18 where they ended a six-game losing skid with a 16-6 win. The Knights scored 11 of their 16 goals in the first half.
Alexa Luponio (seven attempts), Morgan Raymond (three attempts), and Jess Lee (four attempts) all pulled off the hat trick with three goals each. Helen Dinnan, Steph Zera, and Faith Ritchie each followed with two goals and Nickolina Doran with one. Luponio dished out two assists. Raymond scooped up six controlled ground balls and six controlled draws. Allie Abacherli saved seven of RHAM’s 16 shots on goal. Julia Wells saved three shots.
The Knights hit the road for Windsor (9-5) the next day where they kept the thought of the playoffs alive with a 15-8 win. The Knights scored nine of their 15 goals in the first half.
Luponio scorched the Knights offense with four goals on nine attempts and an assist. Raymond (two assists) and Doran each had three goals and Zera followed with two. Lee (two assists), Jessie Pesce, and Hannah Jackman each contributed a goal. Lee scooped up eight controlled ground balls and three controlled draws. Abacherli saved 25 of Windsor’s 33 shots on goal.
The Knights postseason contention came to an end on Friday when they traveled to Farmington in a hard-fought 11-6 loss.
Luponio led the Knights for a third-straight came in scoring with two goals. Dinnan, Zera, Raymond (one assist), and Ritchie (one assist) all scored a goal. Raymond scooped up four controlled ground balls and four controlled draws. Abacherli saved 26 of Farmington’s 37 shots on goal.
“We definitely started playing more as a group toward the end of the season,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “At the beginning, we were really flat. We were in shape, but the not the best of shape we could have been in. Towards the end of the season, our practices got more intense. We started holding each other more accountable because we didn’t like losing. A lot of the underclassmen started to feel more comfortable in different positions.”
The Knights end their regular season this week with a road game against East Catholic (6-9) and a home game against Newington (5-9-1).