By BRIAN JENNINGS
After winning their first two games of the season, despite starting 0-3, the Lady Knights (2-5) girls lacrosse team dropped two games during the week.
Southington was defeated at home on Tuesday, April 28 by the Simsbury Trojans (6-2). Southington trailed by just three goals at the half, but fell, 13-7 to the perennial power.
“We played very well the first half,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “We kind of got a little sloppy in the second half and they really capitalized on our mistakes. We didn’t really take care of the ball as well as we did in the first half.”
Alexa Luponio fired four goals in the cage for the Knights’ offense with Morgan Raymond right behind with two goals and two assists. Hannah Jackman also had a goal with Faith Ritchie and Jess Lee each contributed an assist.
The Knights had 14 shots on goals to the Trojans’ 35. Allie Abacherli collected 22 saves in the loss.
“(Simsbury’s) always tough, but I was impressed with how well we played, especially in that first half because up until last week, the first half had really been one of our struggles,” said Pomposi. “It would take us longer to get warmed up and to get into the game. So we were pumped that we came out stronger than we had been in the past.”
The Knights suffered their second straight loss at home two days later to the Farmington Indians (6-1). Southington scored first but fell behind, 6-2, at the half. Farmington cruised to a 13-6 win.
“We did not take care of the ball,” said Pomposi. “We were getting lazy, not getting low on the ground balls. We were popping it up and they were capitalizing on our mistakes. When we ended up down on attack, we just made the first pass we saw, even if it wasn’t the smartest pass. They capitalized on those turnovers.”
Sydney Brault scored two goals for the Knights with Luponio (one assist), Ritchie (two assists), Raymond, and Jackman adding one goal apiece. Jess Lee contributed with an assist.
The Knights had 12 shots on goals compared to the Indians’ 28. Abacherli saved 15 shots and Allie Kawicki had nine for the Indians.
“We weren’t playing as a unit. It was more like two or three separate units,” Pomposi said. “Defense was doing as awesome job keeping us in it, but once we got it on the attacking side, we just got frazzled and lost it.”
The Knights look to revisit their two wins with a home game this week against the Berlin Red Coats (4-4).