By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls lacrosse finished up the regular season on May 20 at Simsbury, then went on the road again on Sunday for a Class L qualifying round matchup against Amity Regional.
The Lady Knights lost 15-12 to Simsbury to end the regular season. On Sunday, Amity led by three goals at halftime, but pulled away for a 13-7 win over Southington in Woodbridge. The Knights finished the season with an overall record of 8-9.
“The season had many ups and downs,” coach Jill Pomposi said. “We had amazing games like Hall or Simsbury that came up a goal or two short. Those are the ones we wish we had five more minutes to play.”
Southington had played Amity earlier in the season at home in a non-conference matchup on April 18 and lost 13-9. The Knights played tough against the Spartans on Sunday, but were hurt by one stretch.
“Overall we played well, but we had a stretch in the first half that we keep turning it over, taking poor shots, they had all the momentum,” Pomposi said.
Taylor Borla scored off of a Talie Richardson assist to tie the game, 1-1, with 19:39 left in the first half. By the time the Knights got their next goal at 6:46, the Spartans had ripped off four straight scores. Southington pulled to within two, 8-6, on an unassisted goal from Sarah Mafale with 12:35 to play in the second half. The Knights never got closer as the Spartans scored four goals in a row to claim a commanding 12-6 lead with 7:30 to play.
“It didn’t go our way but I’m really proud of how hard we fought and played till the last whistle,” Pomposi said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about all season and I’m glad we continued that in our last game.”
Emma Doran scored three goals to lead Southington. Borla and Richardson each had a goal and an assist, Mafale and Grace DellaVecchia scored a goal apiece, and Kaitlyn DeLorenzo had an assist. Mackenzie Brown made 14 saves for the Knights, who got four ground balls from Autumn Swain and three ground balls from Amy Chudy. It was the final game for seniors Borla, Mafale, Gabby Fiora, Georgia Falk, Karolina Kurzatkowska and Isabelle Crowley.
“The seniors will be missed. This group has so much personality and did a great job of leading by example,” Pomposi said. “They love lacrosse and that shows in their commitment and hard work the last four years.”
End of the regular season
MAY 20—The Knights got to within one goal of the Trojans in the second half, but the home team pulled away for a three-goal margin of victory.
Southington trailed 11-6 at halftime, Doran’s unassisted goal with 15:26 left in the game cut Simsbury’s lead to 12-11. The Trojans didn’t let the Knights score again until they were comfortably ahead and there were just 30.7 seconds remaining. Kayli Garcia had an unassisted goal to make the final score 15-12.
Garcia had three goals and three assists to lead Southington. Mafale and Richardson each had two goals and one assist while Chudy and Doran both scored twice. Kurzatkowska added a goal, Brown made nine saves, and Chudy led the way with six ground balls and four draw controls. Borla and Kate Barner each had four ground balls.
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