Julia Waldow, print editor-in-chief
The girls lacrosse team lost its final game of the season 7-5 at Glendale High School on Monday, April 30. If it had won, the team would have advanced to the playoffs for the first time in Beverly history.
Senior Dillan Watts led the team in scoring with three goals, followed by juniors Natasha Kashani and Fasiat Agaba, who made one goal each. Senior Kristen Huang and juniors Shanny Lee and Yasi Sanandaj each made one assist. Watts, who was named “player of the game,” and Kashani led the team in ground balls with six each.
Prior to the game, the team agreed to maintain its usual strategy.
“We try to get the ball off the draw and hold possession on offense until a clear pass is available,” Sanandaj said. “And on our defense we basically guard one on one. On defense we mainly have to focus on staying on one person and communicating with other teammates on when to crash if the other team tries to go to goal.”
The game started out in Glendale’s favor, as Beverly was behind 4-2 at halftime. In an effort to advance the score, the Normans vowed to kick their playing level up a notch.
“Our stick work wasn’t at its best, but our coaches motivated us to give the second half every ounce of effort we had,” Kashani said.
With faith from their coaches, Beverly’s players managed to tie the game 5-5. However, Glendale surged ahead during the final moments of the game to score the remaining points that earned the team its win.
“Honestly I’m not quite sure how they did it, but the last five minutes of the game, Glendale somehow powered up and scored two goals on us, which was really disappointing,” Sanandaj said. “I think for the first of the two goals, our team was a bit distraught because the referees didn’t call a foul that the other team made which was quite evident.”
Kashani further explained that Glendale took the lead in the end because Beverly “struggled with the clear and [didn’t] stay in front of [Glendale’s] offensive players.”
Despite its loss, the team is grateful to have made it thus far in its season.
“The team came further than it has ever been before and for that I am proud,” Kashani said. “But we still have work to do and time and effort can get us there.”
While she is pleased with the team dynamics, junior Jessica Lu agreed that there is room for improvement.
“The team has done well supporting each other, but some members don’t practice enough on their own,” Lu said.
With its season finished, the girls lacrosse team will have a banquet on May 29.