After falling to Central Suburban Conference foe Glenbrook North on April 28 by a score of 14-4, the Evanston Township High School girls’ lacrosse team looked to bounce back against Fenwick on April 30.
The Kits were able to do just that, as they beat the Friars by a score of 14-9 on a cold and rainy day at Lazier Field in Evanston. In that game, after the two teams each scored twice to make it a 2-2 game with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Kits went on an 8-2 run to take a commanding 10-4 lead into the intermission, thanks in part to two goals apiece from sophomore Marnie O’Malley and senior Beth Parcell.
Regarding the team’s ability to build an early lead, head coach Sarah McKenna was very pleased, saying, “It was important for us to keep pushing and we have been talking about coming out strong from the beginning and I think they did. That was a good first half for us.”
To open the second half, Beth added her third goal with 24:07 left to make it an 11-4 game. Then after a Friars goal with 22 minutes remaining, junior Grace Giangreco scored with just over 20 minutes remaining to make it a 12-5 contest. From there, sophomore Sarah Skidmore made it a 13-6 game when she scored her second goal of the game with 14:07 left. Then Beth netted her team and game high fourth goal with just over six minutes remaining to make it a 14-8 game. The visitors added a goal with 5:27 remaining but that was too little too late as the Kits came away with the 14-9 victory.
In addition to Beth, Marnie, Sarah, and Grace, other goal scorers for the Kits included two from senior Emily Downie, and one apiece from senior Adele Gruner, sophomore Kyle David, and senior Sam Manton.
“[Overall] I think we had a great game [against Fenwick],” said Coach McKenna. “It was a full game and we played 100% the entire game and we are real proud of how they did. It was a quality win over a good Fenwick team.”
When asked how the season is going, Coach McKenna said, “I think they are doing really well. We are playing probably the toughest schedule we have ever played, but the girls have really been stepping up in playing in big games.” The Coach explained, “We just have to keep doing what we are doing, and just play a consistent, solid game and just keep playing the way we played [against Fenwick].”
With the victory over Fenwick the Kits improved to 4-7 overall. More importantly they snapped a two-game losing streak and gained some momentum heading into a difficult portion of their schedule. “It was really good to snap that streak, but we have to come out [ready to play] next week because we have a real tough week,” said Coach McKenna.
The Kits upcoming schedule includes matchups with archrival New Trier on May 3, Loyola Academy on May 5 and Whitney Young on May 9. From there, they play in the final stretch of regular season games including matchups with St. Viator on May 11 and Warren on May 13 in the regular season finale. Then they begin the Illinois High School Woman’s Lacrosse Association playoffs on May 18.