Girls lacrosse ready for the postseason

The Atoms are making improvements just in time for the playoffs


Junior Megan Lee clears the ball against Patriot last season.

The girls lacrosse team is coming off a Patriot conference championship from last year. With hopes high, the ladies are looking to make a run in the postseason to become back-to-back champions.

After a disappointing showing at their own Atomic Blast tournament, where the team only came out with one win against Osbourn Park, the girls looked to the regular season and started to focus in on their goals.

“This season, a personal goal of mine is to score at least one goal. I have never scored a in game goal in the seven years i’ve been playing, so it would be great if I scored one this year,” said junior defender Mckenzie Yi.

The team went on to beat the TC Williams Titans 11-6 showing their attacking abilities as well as some defensive aspects. Then the girls persisted by beating the Edison Eagles in a nail biter 10-9.

Sadly the team went through a rough patch losing three straight games to WT Woodson, Lake Braddock, and West Potomac.

The losses gave them opportunities to reflect on what they need to improve on in order to finish the season off right and make a run in the postseason.

“In order to succeed we really need to learn how to pick up ground balls correctly and effectively,” said junior midfielder Grace Hatch.

“Throughout the season our team needs to improve on ball movement on the field, and putting a body on the girl when we play defense,” said Yi, “We are not the best at all three things yet, but we’re getting so much better at them.”

Recently the team took their annual trip down to UVA where Coach Cindy Hook used to play. The girls got to tour the school with their coach as their tour guide. They also got to play against Western Albemarle High School from Crozet, Virginia.

“My favorite part of the UVA trip was just spending time with my team. I love my team so much because we get along so well. We are a family on and off the field,” said Yi.

With the postseason just around the corner the team has been grinding during practice and has improved on many things that will lead them to victory.

“We have improved on our communicating better with one another and keeping up the intensity throughout the game,” said senior midfielder Sasha Silva.

“This season our team has done well on communication. When we talk, our team works and plays well together. We always try to remind ourselves to do that. Sadly, we lost some communication, but we are working to bring that back again,” says Yi.

The girls only have two games left on their regular season schedule, they will play at home against South County tonight, and then it is Senior Night against Mount Vernon on Friday.