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Girls lacrosse prioritizes teamwork

After finishing last season with a league record of 5-9 and placing sixth in SCVAL, the girls lacrosse team hopes to build strong team spirit in order to improve the team’s performance, according to junior and co-captain Katie Yen.

Yen said the team lost a lot of seniors from the previous season, which means focusing this year’s team on building stronger bonds between players both on and off the field will be critical for the team to have a successful season.

“It would be really good to work on team chemistry and dynamics,” Yen said. “All of the underclassmen
have really stepped up, and it’s really cool to see their improvements so far.”

Junior Scarlett Cummings said that at practices, the team has been good at focusing on conditioning, drills and scrimmages to prepare for upcoming games.

“In addition to conditioning, we’re also focusing on playing with fluidity because I think that’s really
important in a game scenario,” Cummings said. “We’ve been doing a lot of passing to get our stick skills back up.”

Cummings also said the team needs to collectively put forth its best effort during practice in order to prevent mistakes during a game.

“It’s important that we solidify our skills into one group because lacrosse is not only a sport where you need to be good individually,” Cummings said. “You need to work with others as one.”

Sophomore Poppy Barclay, who moved up to varsity this year, said the team has also started conditioning and weight training in addition to practicing game-like situations.

“(Conditioning will help us) outrun and outlast our opponents on the field and use specific game plays in our upcoming games,” Barclay said. “My biggest goal is to have a lot of fun, work hard, and hopefully we’ll win some games too.”

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