Girls’ lacrosse has been using the past weeks to prepare for the upcoming season. After finishing off tryouts at the end of January, they have been using the more recent practices to train the new team and get the dynamic of the group together in order to create the best team possible.
The team did not end on a positive note last year, with the girls being forced to forfeit their chance at Central Coast Section (CCS) glory. Complications from one player who had recently transferred to Paly and the player’s lack of residency forms caused the rest of the team to miss out on venturing further into the league.
Despite the less than thrilling end, the new team has kept a positive outlook for the upcoming season.
Junior returning player Kristen DeStefano believes that the team shows a lot of great potential for the upcoming season.
“I think we are looking very good because we all are in very good athletic shape and are already playing like we have played for years,” DeStefano said.
DeStefano also holds high hopes for the team’s overall performance this season.
“I think that we will make it all the way to CCS championship,” DeStefano said.
The currrent team is in preparation for the season, but many of the players are currently involved in the wrap up of their winter sports. For instance, many returning players for the team are still involved in Paly soccer. In the near future, the team will start working together full-time as a cohesive group. In order to prepare for the season, the team has chosen to use a different method of training than what they are normally accustomed to.
“Instead of dividing up varsity and [junior varsity] like usual, these past few weeks we have been playing as a combined team, which helps improve a lot of the younger girls’ skills,” DeStefano said.
The girls play their first official game against Leland High School at Leland on Feb. 26.