This past Wednesday, the girls’ lacrosse team lost against the Sacred Heart Gators by a score of 20-5. Despite losing their first three matches, the Bears remain optimistic about this season.
Senior Phoebe Gerhard explained, “Sacred Heart is one of our toughest opponents.”
The Gators’ head coach Wendy Kridel commented, “Although it looks like a blowout, this was a tough game for both teams.” Both Kridel and Gerhard noted that this is the first time the teams have played this season.
The majority of the Sacred Heart goals came from transition offense. The Gators’ speed allowed them to gain a comfortable lead in the first half.
Despite being down, the Bears remained competitive throughout the game, coming alive defensively during the second half. Senior goalkeeper Ishita Mishra was unfortunately unable to play for the Bears due to a concussion sustained earlier in the season, and her absence played a big part in the loss.
Lacking a second string goalie, junior Lillen Montague-Alamin rose to the challenge. Although she normally plays in the field, Montague-Alamin played valiantly in the cage, making two crucial blocks.
Gerhard later stated, “She had never played goalie before and she was in there slayin’ it against a scary team.”
Despite the loss, the Bears were in high spirits after the game. Senior Amelia Poirier said, “We are on the rise. This is just the beginning of the season.” Senior Lilly Cobos added, “We have really high hopes for the season. We want to bring this same energy to our game with Palo Alto on Friday.”
They did indeed bring that energy, dominating Paly 19-3. The Bears are a force to be reckoned with this season. M-A takes on Saint Francis at 6:30 pm on Coach Park’s Field this Wednesday.