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The Evanston Township High School girls lacrosse team faced a recurring issue all season long. The Kits were outscored, 250- 147, this season. As a result, they finished the regular season with a record of 4-13.
“Our season was not quite what I expected,” said team member Anne Gibbons. “Our record reflects the struggles we had scoring and following through to win games.” She added, “I think many other schools are getting a lot better at lacrosse, so Evanston has to keep up with them. This year we missed many returning seniors, so our Varsity team was quite inexperienced. Despite that, I love all the girls on our team.”
On May 5, the Kits took on Deerfield and lost, 11-8. “The Deerfield game was a big surprise. We all expected an easy win and they put up a good fight,” said Gibbons. Deerfield finished the season with a 3-9 record.
“Our top scorers could not find the net, myself included, and our defense lost confidence, said Gibbons. “That game taught us that once we lose our confidence in each other, we are easily beatable.”
Four days later, the Kits faced off against Lake Forest in the regular season finale and lost, 15-6. Despite the loss, Gibbons had some positive things to say about the game. “We scored right off the draw and our defense frustrated the Lake Forest attack all night.” She added,” Again, we had issues scoring. I was quite happy with the competition we gave a team like Lake Forest.”
After the Lake Forest game, the Kits had 10 days off to prepare for archrival New Trier in the sectional semi-finals on May 19 at Lazier Field at Memorial Stadium in Evanston.
Before the game, sophomore Shannon Smith said, “It is expected that we play our best, at [our] highest intensity and at [our] fullest potential. We have been hard at work thinking of things to put into our game to make it more difficult for the Trevians.”
Gibbons added, “I hope to frustrate New Trier and show them how tough we are. I want us to score goals and not let New Trier intimidate us.” But the Kits were unable to do so, losing to the Trevians, 22-0, thus ending the Kits’ season on a sour note.
“I felt we played our game well and at the end we held our heads high,” said Smith. “I realized that to have a good, strong team, you need to have trust in one another that you will make the right decisions on the lacrosse field as well as to form a bond that enables you to work with one another on and off the field.”
With the season now finished, the Kits know what they must do in order to have a successful 2012 season. “I feel that the season was a normal one, not extraordinary. We have wonderful and skillful players but our energy [during games] is not at the intense level that it should be and it hurts our game,” said Smith.
“We did better than last year, which is a good thing, but some of the teams we lost to we definitely could have beat, like Glenbrook South, Glenbrook North, Deerfield and Lake Forest. We need more belief in ourselves that we can beat teams and more belief in our varsity girls lacrosse team.”
If the Kits can come out and play with more intense energy next season, there is no telling where they will end up.