The high school girls lacrosse season is now in full swing and the local coaches are concentrating more on improvement for their teams than specific goals.
“Every day, the girls are buying in more to what we want to do as a team,” Appoquinimink first-year head coach Shawn Lane said. “Our goal this year is to compete for a playoff spot.”
“We have to work hard every day,” Middletown coach Carolyn Thompson said. “The numbers for us are lower, we have less kids than before so we have to make sure they’re all ready to play.”
“A lot of kids had a taste of what it’s like to be on that stage,” St. Andrew’s coach Jennifer McGowan said of the Saints’ trip to the state championship game last year. “I know they want to get back to that point and win it.”
The Saints return just three starters from 2011‘s 14-4 team that was defeated by Cape Henlopen 12-6 in the state title game, but McGowan is confident in her team’s prospects for another deep run this season.
“I wouldn’t say this is a rebuilding year,” she said. “We have a lot of new kids to fill eight spots in the starting lineup and we have some seniors with a lot to prove.”
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, finished 8-7 and return several starters from that team that Thompson says will work hard and play a scrappy style of lacrosse.
Lane, in his first full season as head coach (he finished the 2011 season on a interim basis) is excited for his Jaguars, who already have two-thirds of their 2011 season win total this spring.
“We won a game against a very good Caravel team that beat us up last year, so that win was good for the girls’ confidence,” he said. “We’re going to have a winning record this year.”
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