Offense struggles in the opener: Girls lacrosse opens the season with tough competition

Jess Lee leads a Southington attack. Lee scored a goal and an assist during a 16-6 loss to Hand in the season opener.

Jess Lee leads a Southington attack. Lee scored a goal and an assist during a 16-6 loss to Hand in the season opener.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

It wasn’t the easiest draw. The Lady Knights (0-2) entered the 2015 season with a home game against a non-conference team that had a successful year last season.

The Knights started with the Daniel Hand Tigers (2-0) on Wednesday evening, April 8. The Tigers were coming off of a 2014 season that featured a 12-4 regular season record and a second round appearance in the Class M State Tournament as a No.4-seed.

Unfortunately, the Knights couldn’t keep up and lost the contest, 16-6.

The Tigers came out and quickly pounced on the Knights, scoring 11 of its 16 goals in the first half. The Tigers scored the first five goals where the first four were scored within the first five minutes of the game.

“There were a lot of jitters,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “For some of them, it was either their first varsity game or they were playing in a different position. We played against a very strong team and they outplayed us. Our mental toughness wasn’t there. We were done for a while and just flat after they scored five goals in a row.”

Alexa Luponio led the Knights with three goals and Jess Lee, Steph Zera, and Morgan Raymond each followed with a goal. Lee and Faith Ritchie both led with an assist.

Lauren Cole led the Tigers with eight goals and an assist.

The Knights had 21 shots on goal while the Tigers had 35. Ali Abacherli had 19 saves for the Knights and Em Wargo had 15 for the Tigers.

The Knights continue the search for their first win this week with games against Guilford (0-0) and Conard (3-0).

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