After the cancellation of all spring sports in 2020, many athletes were stuck indoors away from their teammates and friends. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s sports season was been pushed back further than most of us would have liked. However, with new protocols and required weekly COVID testing, the CB Women’s Lacrosse team […]
After the cancellation of all spring sports in 2020, many athletes were stuck indoors away from their teammates and friends. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s sports season was been pushed back further than most of us would have liked. However, with new protocols and required weekly COVID testing, the CB Women’s Lacrosse team is eager to be back on the field.
Seeing a lack of participating seniors, Head Coach Ms. Cheryl Flaherty will be working with her youthful team to prepare her team for their following years playing with the Falcons.
“Most of our team has graduated since last year, so this year’s varsity will be on the younger side,” she explained.
Thankfully, COVID restrictions will not play a major factor in how our players practice. The intensity of their drills is unchanging, and with all players already in great shape, conditioning is a non-issue. During the off-season, it was up to the players to begin their conditioning individually, honing their stick skills after a long hiatus from practice. Tessa Easterling (‘22), the team’s beloved goalie, takes the responsibility to practice on her own time. Introduced to her position freshman year, Tessa has come a long way since her rookie season, moving up to the varsity team after her first year. Playing lacrosse and tennis simultaneously, her schedule is expected to be jam packed. But she handles it all with a smile on her face, both teams grateful for her hard work.
Despite women’s lacrosse being technically a non-contact sport, stick-checking and other defensive tactics require these players to get up close and personal. While running defense, making sure that masks are on securely is a must. This is an important requirement, and masks “are expected to stay on until the point of exertion,” Coach Flaherty states. Despite the added difficulty, their daily regimen remains almost identical to last year.
“It’s not that bad — it sounds a lot worse than it is,” Anna Cotter (’22) says of the mask protocol during games and practices.
Abiding by these requirements of mask wearing and COVID testing, the team’s excitement for playing home games trumps any complaints. Less than two weeks before their previous season was interrupted, the gates to the Peter P. Bollinger ’57 Stadium were officially opened. With such a short timeline, our JV team never had the opportunity to host any home games on the newly renovated field. Kathleen Kuzmich (’23) is especially excited for the upcoming games at CB.
“We only had five away games, and none on the new field,” the sophomore says. “It would be really nice to get to play again with my teammates.”
As one of the youngest members on varsity, she is ready to embrace the new experiences this season has to offer. After gaining her first win with this team on March 26th with a 15-12 victory over Bella Vista, Kathleen feels fully confident for the team’s future. The team is off to a 3-3 start and travels to face league rival Vista Del Lago on Friday April 23rd at 7 PM. The squad’s next game at Bollinger Stadium is Tuesday April 27th at 5 PM against Rio Americano.