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Lacrosse: Not The Most Re-Laxing Season

The results are in. With the 2016-2017 lacrosse season drawing to a close, there is a stark difference in the outcome of the school’s girls and boys teams. While the varsity boys team is advancing into playoffs, the Lady Gauchos ended their season last Friday with a game against Windsor. From late practice times to tense team dynamics, each team dealt with their own obstacles over the course of the spring. For some, it was hard to see their senior year burdened by such difficulties, while others enjoyed success with their teammates both on and off the field.

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Coached by alumni Alyssa Chavez and Poppy Milano, girls’ JV lacrosse settled with a 2-4-2 record overall, successfully holding their own against rival Petaluma and defeating San Marin and Rancho Cotate during their season.

Girls’ Varsity ended with a 0-7 overall record. Alumni Melina Essig and Hayley Hubbard coached the varsity girls, but scheduling complications made for a difficult year for the team. Because these coaches were not hired by the school but instead volunteered for the position, practice times largely revolved around the women’s work and school schedules. As a result, practices were held later and in the earlier months of the year, and practicing in the dark proved frustrating and dangerous, even to more experienced girls. Junior Mia Cain comments on the season’s troubles.

“Our captains have really stepped it up into a vacant leadership role. This has been difficult, but they have repeatedly led us through it all,” said Cain.

Senior Caitlin Gurtner agrees.

“There was a lot of team vs. coach tension. I think it was hard having those coaches because they went from an equal position to a superior one and that shift was hard. The seniors, especially captains Lindsay Graul, Maya DiMaio, and Natalie Micco had to kind of take over for practices. The only reason we got any better was because they improved our team dynamic by practicing with each other,” said Gurtner.

Despite their season’s struggles, the girls’ varsity team rallied together for a final 8-5 victory over Windsor.

With the end of the season approaching, boys’ varsity lacrosse is looking great for playoffs; their regular season record is 10-0. Having remained undefeated, they will be hoping to continue this winning trend into the playoffs. Senior Brendan Kiernan, co-captain, speaks on what sets his team apart from the others at this school.

“We are a new school sport. In 2015 was our first time being a CIF sport, so we’re new to all that. Before that we were just a club. I think we’re growing very rapidly and that sets us apart from other sports that are kind of where they are. We are still growing as a program,” said Kiernan.

Lacrosse, aside from being a new sport, is particularly rigorous in comparison to a number of others sports at this school. Kiernan comments on the difficulty of the sport.

“I’d say it’s about the same as basketball [in regards to the level of physicality]. It’s more physical than basketball but not as physical as football. Mentally, it’s up there along with the toughest sports; physically it’s up there as well,” said Kiernan.

Kiernan remarks on the incredible chemistry within the team.

“I love the team, they’re like family. It’s just a great group of guys and we always have a good time together,” said Kiernan.

The team will look to expand in the coming years; if the past couple of seasons are any indicator, there is a bright future ahead for the program.

oached by alumni Alyssa Chavez and Poppy Milano, girls’ JV lacrosse settled with a 2-4-2 record overall, successfully holding their own against rival Petaluma and defeating San Marin and Rancho Cotate during their season.

Girls’ Varsity ended with a 0-7 overall record. Alumni Melina Essig and Hayley Hubbard coached the varsity girls, but scheduling complications made for a difficult year for the team. Because these coaches were not hired by the school but instead volunteered for the position, practice times largely revolved around the women’s work and school schedules. As a result, practices were held later and in the earlier months of the year, and practicing in the dark proved frustrating and dangerous, even to more experienced girls. Junior Mia Cain comments on the season’s troubles.

“Our captains have really stepped it up into a vacant leadership role. This has been difficult, but they have repeatedly led us through it all,” said Cain.

Senior Caitlin Gurtner agrees.

“There was a lot of team vs. coach tension. I think it was hard having those coaches because they went from an equal position to a superior one and that shift was hard. The seniors, especially captains Lindsay Graul, Maya DiMaio, and Natalie Micco had to kind of take over for practices. The only reason we got any better was because they improved our team dynamic by practicing with each other,” said Gurtner.

Despite their season’s struggles, the girls’ varsity team rallied together for a final 8-5 victory over Windsor.

With the end of the season approaching, boys’ varsity lacrosse is looking great for playoffs; their regular season record is 10-0. Having remained undefeated, they will be hoping to continue this winning trend into the playoffs. Senior Brendan Kiernan, co-captain, speaks on what sets his team apart from the others at this school.

“We are a new school sport. In 2015 was our first time being a CIF sport, so we’re new to all that. Before that we were just a club. I think we’re growing very rapidly and that sets us apart from other sports that are kind of where they are. We are still growing as a program,” said Kiernan.

Lacrosse, aside from being a new sport, is particularly rigorous in comparison to a number of others sports at this school. Kiernan comments on the difficulty of the sport.

“I’d say it’s about the same as basketball [in regards to the level of physicality]. It’s more physical than basketball but not as physical as football. Mentally, it’s up there along with the toughest sports; physically it’s up there as well,” said Kiernan.

Kiernan remarks on the incredible chemistry within the team.

“I love the team, they’re like family. It’s just a great group of guys and we always have a good time together,” said Kiernan.

The team will look to expand in the coming years; if the past couple of seasons are any indicator, there is a bright future ahead for the program.

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