Powered by a strong team connection and an aggressive offense, the girls varsity lacrosse team has shown tremendous prowess and progress on and off the field.
KO girls lacrosse began their nine-game season with a matchup against a tough Hopkins squad in early April. Despite a good performance, the Wyverns fell to the Hilltoppers 12-6.
Shortly after their first loss to Hopkins, KO faced off against Greenwich Country Day School in an away game. Head Coach Judy Bailey cites this game as the most exciting one of the season. “After a slow start that put us down 6-0 at the half, we came back strong in the second half,” Coach Bailey said. “We ended up losing 11-8, but that game demonstrated that our girls are fighters. We took it one draw at a time, and gave Greenwich Country Day all we had for the final 25 minutes of the game. We may not have won but that game felt good to everyone because we kept fighting and showed what kind of team we can be.”
Just three days after their second game of the season, the Wyverns were on the road again to play Green Farms Academy. This game proved to be their toughest of the season as the Green Farms Dragons took the win with a final score of 18-4.
Despite losing their first three games, the girls did not give up. They bounced right back with two blowout victories against Christian Heritage and Hamden Hall, outscoring their opponents 33-7 in total. Coach Bailey sees these wins as their best games all year performance-wise. “We were definitely the strongest team when we played Christian Heritage and Hamden Hall,” Coach Bailey said. “These games allowed us to utilize every player and to work on our team play as we were strong with our transition play and had many goals that were assisted.”
Senior Co-captain midfielder Tori Swanson was especially proud of the team’s victory against Hamden Hall. “Our second win against Hamden was definitely our most memorable team moment,” Swanson said. “It was just a great game all-around, and everyone was playing great and having a good time out there.”
Swanson also highlighted the team’s ability to work together in games by recalling the many team meetings they held throughout the season. “We emphasized that the strength of the team is every player, and the strength of every player is the team,” Swanson said. “I think that really helped us grow with our play on the field.”
Unfortunately, the squad experienced a big hiccup in the season when they had to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 case, causing them to miss three games toward the end of their schedule. However, the girls are looking forward to their final game of the season against St. Lukes on Saturday, May 22, and hope they can pull out a victory to cap off the season. When asked about their attitudes going into the final matchup of the spring, Swanson noted their enthusiasm and excitement. “We had a tough season, especially having to miss three games because of [COVID-19], but as we are preparing for our last game, you can tell how grateful we are to be able to play lacrosse, and play together,” Swanson said.
The Wyverns will come together on that Saturday to not only celebrate their seniors on senior day, but hopefully end the season on a positive note with a win against the Storm.