By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights were already eliminated from the postseason, but the Southington girls weren’t about to go quietly. The goal in the final week was to win both contest, and and that’s just what they did. Although they just missed making the Class L state tournament by a game, the Lady Knights lacrosse team (6-10) showed promise for next season and went out with a bang.
“Everyone showed up to play and played their position,” said Southington coach Jill Pomposi. “We had girls getting more time that hadn’t had much time in different positions. It was just fun and exciting for everyone. We did end the season the way we wanted to end it.”
The Knights traveled to Manchester on Tuesday, May 26 where they triumphed over East Catholic (6-10) in their largest win on the year, 24-16.
Morgan Raymond anchored the offense with six goals on 10 shot attempts. Raymond also controlled nine draws and two ground balls. Helen Dinnan trailed right behind with five goals and one assist. Nickolina Doran scored four goals, controlled four ground balls, and dished out three assists. Steph Zera scored three goals and distributed four assists.
Allie Abacherli (eight) and Julia Wells (10) saved 18 of East Catholic’s 34 shots on goal.
The Knights returned home the next night to senior night for a 12-5 regular season finale win over Newington (5-10). The game was called halfway through the second half due to lighting in the area.
Both Dinnan (six attempts, one assist) and Alexa Luponio (eight attempts, two assists) paced the offense with four goals apiece. Raymond scored three goals and controlled three draws. Luponio and Hallie Altwies both controlled four ground balls.
Abacherli saved 16 of Newington’s 21 shots on goal.
“The senior class is definitely a huge part to our game,” said Pomposi. “Allie is our goalie and next year we’ll have to fill that void. Allie’s a very mobile goalie, so hopefully who we get next does move around a little bit and is confident in those varsity games next year to do so. Jess Lee is just an all-out go-getter. She goes 100 percent every single time and keeps her cool. Luponio is one of the strongest athletes out there with a great shot. When she’s on she’s on, but when she’s off, she can score six or seven goals a game. Helen’s a great post player and a silent attacker. She passes the ball a lot and knows where she’s supposed to go. We also have a lot of great senior leaders on defense and off the bench as well.”
Pomposi went on to say that this senior class has been full of great, positive teammates that have been fun to be around, who have helped to instill some of the beliefs of the program into the younger kids.
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