Girls’ lacrosse celebrates successful season


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Competing with the defense, junior Isabel Richards shields the ball from Cocoa Beach players.

After winning only two games last year, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team turned things around with a 9-6 record and finishing as district runner-up. 

“What happened this season was really surprising for everyone,” junior Mallory Chauvin said. “We definitely didn’t expect to have this much success.”

 Junior Alexus Schriner, who had not played lacrosse before this season, said she joined because everyone makes the team. 

“I didn’t really expect much coming from playing, since they had only won two games last year,” she said. “The only thing I really wanted out of this was to have some fun and meet new friends.”

Many of last year’s players were new to the sport and did not have the level of experience when compared to powerhouse teams such a Melbourne or Viera. But all the players who played last season, returned to play again.

“Last year we focused on basics and really became more cohesive as team,” junior Audrey Johnson said. “This year we carried everything we learned and built on top of it which helped us to advance so much.”

The team began preseason conditioning early which allowed newer players to get the techniques down.

“Part of the improvement probably came from starting conditioning in the fall way before the season actually started,” Chauvin said.

The team’s season ended with a loss lost to Sebastian River in the district final, making the Lady Wildcats runners-up.

“No one really expected us to make it to districts and get second place,” Chauvin said. “Because of the fact that we only won two games last year, they assumed this season would be the same.”

Junior Isabel Richards said she has high expectations for next year as the team continues to gain experience.

“I feel like we showed people that anything’s possible,” she said. “They should watch out because next year we’re going for first place.”

By Tyanna Tizol