Girls lacrosse preview: 'Eagerness, promise and hope'
The way head coach Jeff Smith sees it, his Rosemount girls lacrosse team was more competitive last season than its 2-12 record would indicate.
Among the team’s 12 losses were games decided by scores of 16-15, 16-14, 15-12 and 13-11. Three others were decided by five goals and only four of the 12 games got out of hand.
“With a few extra defensive stops and a few more offensive conversions in some of the losses, our record very easily could have been vastly different,” Smith said. “While we were very competitive and played with great effort during large parts of most games, we allowed too many short segments of domination by opponents that dug us holes of which we weren’t able to recover.”
The Irish lost four seniors from that team, including all-stater and leading scorer Maddie Johnson, but 15 letter-winners are back with another year of experience and a crop of 10 returning JV players and 20 or so newcomers will compete to fill out the roster.
“Many of our returning players gained valuable competitive experience last year while learning to play as a team, especially in the midst of adversity,” Smith said.
“Another bright spot is that the returning players from last year are terrific young women, excel in the classroom and are leaders of other school activities…. There is a lot of eagerness, promise and hope as we head into the season.”
Leading the list of returners are five of the team’s top scorers from last season. Sam Moeller (24 points), Madi Lubeley (21 points), Angela Bodine (19 points) and Darby Henjum (10 points) are back at the attacker position and senior co-captain Sydney Narloch (12 points) is expected to help out at both ends of the field as a midfielder.
“I am confident that we have players who will raise their game to the next level to offset (the loss of Johnson and Sydney Lubeley),” Smith said. “Hopefully they will continue to put points on the board and make plays to assist their teammates.”
Joining Narloch as returning seniors are Meghan Tuccitto (9 points), Claire Smith, Jamie Perreault and co-captain Charley Belden, who will play in the field this year after spending time at goalkeeper last season.
Returning letter-winner Allison Karrmann is planning to make the move from defense to goaltender. She will compete for the job along with last year’s JV goaltenders, Emily Peterson and Elizabeth Pascuzzi.
Other returning letter-winners are Madisyn Ahrens, Megan Schmitt, Hillary Smith, Lauren Topor and Samantha Rhody.
The Irish begin official practices on Monday. The regular season begins with a road game at Farmington on Thursday, April 10, and the first home game is two days later against Hastings.