Mid-week match helps lacrosse teams sharpen up

The lacrosse teams made the short trip out to St. Alban’s on Tuesday afternoon. This was the only weekday fixture of the season for the girls and it turned out to be extremely well-timed as we’d gone without a comparable practice for a full week due to the snow.

Tuesday’s winds made for some unpredictable changes in the ball directions, and the somewhat saturated ground contributed to the erratic turn of play. This game was scheduled as an uphill battle to get the girls focused for this weekend’s Small School Eastern Qualifier at Princess Helena College.

For the 1st XII, St. Alban’s made a characteristic strong start by scoring fluidly opportunist goals against our defence in the first few minutes. However, our squad rallied and made a powerful impact on its own offensive end. Despite the obviously superior performance of the opposition, our girls showed quite a bit of grit and character by playing their very best up to the last moment. They achieved everything they had set out to: an elevated standard of play and sharpened hunger for wins on Saturday.

The 2nd XII faired better as they stepped through blustery winds for what proved to be another difficult match. The defensive triumvirate of Noor Hasan, Katharina Nau and Emily Bowden-Eyre stopped the St. Alban’s attack in its tracks. Coupled with outstanding play by goalie Sarah Peters Harrison, the 2nds managed to hold St. Alban’s scoreless in the first half. However, St. Alban’s offensive skill shone through in the second half. Shannon Gregory’s goal in the waning minutes couldn’t save the 2nds from a 4-1 defeat.