Girls lax tourney hopes have no margin for error

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights (2-9) may have had trouble putting the ball in the cage in two losses last week, but Southington coach Jill Pomposi said that the problem might be more mental than it is physical.

Hannah Jackman surges across midfield during a loss last week. The girls lacrosse team has no margin for error if they are to reach the postseason.

Hannah Jackman surges across midfield during a loss last week. The girls lacrosse team has no margin for error if they are to reach the postseason.

“We have to focus on the play at hand, not the plays that happened before,” said Pomposi. “Just live in the moment and take care of the ball. We have to work as a cohesive unit. When we do those things, we make beautiful plays…And we want to do that more.”

Southington began the week at home on Wednesday, May 4, where they fell short to South Windsor, 18-8. The Bobcats entered halftime with a 12-4 lead.

Morgan Raymond led the Knights with a pair of goals on four shot attempts and three ground balls. Hallie Altwies (2 assists), Nickolina Doran, Emily Gibney, and Hannah Jackman each scored.

Julia Wells saved 21 shots on goal in the cage for the Knights.

Southington took 14 shots on goal. South Windsor took 39 shots on goal.

A couple days later, Southington was handed its fifth-straight loss after falling to Glastonbury (6-5) at home, 20-5.

The Tomahawks shut out the Knights by halftime, heading into the second half with a 15-0 advantage.

Raymond and Sarah Mafale paced the Knights with two goals apiece. Sydney Brault scored once, and Jackman and Altwies earned assists.

Wells recorded six saves, but Glastonbury out-shot the Knights, 26-10.

Pomposi said that her team has to be a little more relaxed and just play the game, instead of focusing on the scoreboard.

“That was really the discussion at halftime,” the coach said. “At the end of the game, the girls all said that we do play much better when we don’t care what the score says. We do want to score goals and it is a difficult thing to not have the score in the back of your head, but when we play, have fun, and trust our teammates, we are successful.”

The Knights have to win all five of their remaining games to qualify for the Class L tournament. Southington will travel to Guilford (5-6) before hosting Hall (1-10).

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at bjennings@southingtonobserver.com.

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