Girls’ Lacrosse Closely Falls to El Modena High at Game of the Month


Ki Joon Lee

Freshman Nika Karimi tries to break through the opponent team’s tight defense.

Ki Joon Lee, Copy Editor

JV girls’ lacrosse (0-17) lost its Game of the Month 6-10 against El Modena High on May 1 in an exciting and intense match with rapid turnovers and draw goals. ASB members and other students attended the game to encourage the team on its last home game of the season.

“We saw a lot of improvement for girls’ lacrosse because I don’t think we had a girls’ lacrosse team last year, and they didn’t actually compete in games,” girls’ athletics commissioner Madison Lam said. “But this year [the girls] are really spirited, and there are a lot of them.”

During the first half, the girls struggled with accurate passing and effective defense, allowing the opposing team to easily score multiple goals in a row and grasp a 1-5 lead. With the beginning of the second half, however, the team started to connect long passes and closely recover its score.

Although El Modena High escaped the Bulldogs’ chase, the players’ exhilarating fastbreaks and outstanding cradling were enough to entertain the observing parents and students.

“We had a lot of players step-up today and get on stat board,” head coach Alexandra Kyte said. “We had a player with 3 goals, Peyton Weidner. We also had a player with two goals and multiple draw controls which really helped out in the end of the game, Alina [Medvedeva].”

Over the 2018 season, girls’ lacrosse proved its capability to win by drastically growing in size, winning against different skilled teams and even participating in tournaments. The team plans to increase its competence and skills for the next year by focusing on team dynamics and shot placement.

“As a first year as a team we have worked really hard even though we are all very new lacrosse players,” captain and freshman Nika Karimi said. “I think we will be able to improve a lot next year too.”