By BRIAN JENNINGS
Losses are piling up for the Lady Knight lacrosse team (2-7), but Coach Jill Pomposi isn’t ready to say that her team is out of contention for a spot in the Class L tournament. Their effort to play as a team this past week has given Pomposi reason to believe, even though the scores might not reflect it.
“Our defense has been playing very well and our attack was better this week,” the coach said. “We are a very young team, but you could see out there that we are doing a very good job connecting quickly down the field in transition. We’re in it together and we’re doing it for each other.”
Pomposi said that her girls don’t blame the person next them for making a mistake.
“It’s still a community, a group, and a team,” said Pomposi. “It’s not just me against everyone else.”
Southington began the week at home against Pomperaug (8-1) on Tuesday, but fell short 18-4.
The Panthers scored 10 goals in the first half, and the Knights put up two goals in each half.
Morgan Raymond scored two of Southington’s four goals on four shot attempts. Emily Gibney and Sydney Brault scored the other two goals. Brault also garnered eight ground balls and won a pair of draws.
Julia Wells saved 22 shots in the cage for the Knights. Southington took 14 shots on goal. Pomperaug took 40 shots on goal.
A couple days later, Southington took a trip to Farmington (5-3) where they suffered a 21-10 defeat.
The Indians constructed a 12-4 lead heading into halftime, and added nine more goals to their tally before the contest had ended.
Addie Kilgore paced the Knights with three goals on three shot attempts. Raymond contributed with a pair of scores and an assist. Gibney (assist), Hannah Jackman, Jess Karwowski, Jenna Garcia, and Sarah Mafale scored. Nickolina Doran (2) and Nicole Martocchio earned assists.
Wells saved 14 shots in the cage. Southington took 12 shots on goal, but Farmington took 35.
Although Southington tied NW Catholic (2-4) with three goals in the second half in Friday’s home game, one goal in the opening half made all the difference. The Lions outscored the Knights 5-4 in the first half, defeating the Knights, 8-7. Raymond scored the final goal of the game at 7:15.
Raymond marshaled the Knights’ offensive attack with four goals on nine shot attempts. Raymond also recovered six ground balls. Kilgore scored twice. Doran added another. Brault (2) and Gibney earned assists.
Wells saved 13 shots in the cage.
“We had it for a little while, but we weren’t as smart with our shots as we were throughout the rest of the game,” said Pomposi. “We threw a couple right at their goalie. She was doing a good job saving shots down low, and we shot down low because that’s where we like to shoot. We could have adjusted our shots a little more and shot high because we were successful with that earlier on.”
The Knights have to win five of their seven remaining games in order to qualify for the tournament. The Knights will look to do so this week when they host South Windsor (7-1) and Glastonbury (4-4).
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