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Girls lacrosse finishes season just short of playoffs with league record of 5-7

Photo by Karen Hickey

Paly Girls Lacrosse finished the season on May 4, missing playoffs with a final league record of 5-7.

Coach Ana Flooks said this season was challenging due to injuries and the team’s relatively young age.

“We lost 11 players to senior graduation and transfers last year. So, we came in with a super young team,” Flooks said.

Despite these challenges, Flooks and Francis said players kept positive attitudes and were fun to coach.

“As far as attitude goes, and willingness to come to practice, to always put in the work, we really could not ask for a better group,” Flooks said. “They’re everything we wanted and more.”

Senior captain Reilly Bruff agreed, adding the team’s sense of community was the best part of the season.

“I feel like this season our team morale has been really high, and we’ve just been super supportive of each other,” Bruff said.

And Coach Sharon Francis said she is proud of the team’s improvement throughout the season.

“We definitely met some challenges and played some very competitive teams, but overall, we’re on an upward trajectory,” Francis said.

Francis and Flooks both announced their retirements as coaches at practice on Wednesday, April 27.

“It was a really hard decision,” Flooks said. “We want to make sure this team has a coach with the amount of time that they deserve.”

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