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Lakeside is glad to see Evans take up girls lacrosse

Lakeside glad Evans has taken up girls lacrosse

Posted: March 19, 2016 - 11:03pm
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Lakeside's Paige Blackwell jumps to score a goal late in the first half of the Lady Panthers' 15-1 victory over Evans.  Photo by Chris Gay
Photo by Chris Gay
Lakeside's Paige Blackwell jumps to score a goal late in the first half of the Lady Panthers' 15-1 victory over Evans.

While the Lakeside girls lacrosse team jumped out to a huge lead en route to a victory over Evans, several people associated with the Lady Panthers program said they’re glad another school has added the sport this year.

The Lakeside girls rode a 13-0 halftime lead to a 15-1 victory. Lady Panthers junior captain Caleigh Cox said her team worked on several things in the contest, and she added she was impressed with her team’s rival.

“As a team, we’re working on having really good technique and having good plays,” Cox said. “Evans had a great game for just starting. They’re doing awesome this year.”

With the victory, Lakeside extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 4-1 entering Saturday’s play.

With just three seniors on the roster, the Lakeside girls lacrosse team is starting to find its groove.

“I really think we’re starting to come together as more of a family,” Lakeside senior captain Natalie Hogan said. “We’re really learning how to work together a lot more. A lot of the younger girls and underclassmen are really starting to get along.”

Lakeside went 10-3 last season and earned a No. 2 seed in the playoffs. This year, the young team – featuring six freshmen and 10 sophomores on the 23-girl roster – has rebounded well after an season-opening defeat last month to Greenbrier.

“That Greenbrier game, all those new girls had never played in a game before,” junior captain Mary Claire Zimmerman said. “We work hard in practice and just bring everything together on the field.”

Lady Panthers coach Courtney Hatcher added: “With so many new players, we’re just now starting to get into the swing of things. We’re really starting to click as a team.”

Hogan scored four goals to lead Lakeside, while Cox added three. Sara Beth Allen added two goals and two assists, while Paige Blackwell recorded two goals.

Evans (0-6) got on the board late when Emma Mezzacapo punched in a goal with 4:30 remaining.

Despite the defeat, the Lady Knights were in good spirits after the game.

“I won’t let them get down,” Evans coach Lisa Beverly said. “We’re a new team and we know it. Everyone else knows it. There’s no reason to be down. We learn something new every single day.

“Nobody likes to lose. We don’t want to lose. But it’s a good learning experience for them.”

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Aliciaad

looking better

what a pleasant winning. Nice efforts. Lakeside girls are so hardworking.Really As a team, they’re working on having really good technique and having good plays.
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