Chicks with Sticks: Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview
by Caroline Merck
When staying after school in the winter, it is not uncommon to see Northside’s women’s lacrosse team running through the hallways or working hard near the weight room. This is all a part the preseason grind that the girls look forward to each year in order to get back in the swing of things before their official tryout date.
The team cannot wait to get back on the field. Key varsity returning players include Audrey McManus Adv. 900, Maeve Masterson Adv. 804, Nicole Heflin Adv. 803, Nina Kritikos Adv. 801, Ava Brennan Adv. 802, Lily Root Adv. 002, as well as many others who all hope for nothing but the best this Spring. In 2017, the team was half seniors, so the ladies have their work cut out for them.
Last season, the team was known for their great first halfs, even against their toughest competition. However, they would not finish as strong, suffering in tough matchups against Trinity and Warren. On a more positive note, the team had a couple strong underclassmen who managed to help their team as best as they could. McManus, a sophomore last year, was a starter and was even recognized as all conference both her freshman and sophomore years. Root, just a freshman on varsity last year, played midfield and will be a leader in her years to come on the team.
The Mustangs finished last season strong with a second place finish at the city championship, and hope to only do better this season. McManus puts it best, “We are really excited to put in the work this preseason. I think we have a really good shot at taking the city title. I am also looking forward to a successful season with a fun team.”
The team has had senior led conditioning since Thanksgiving break two times a week and the conditioning sessions have been coach led since the beginning of the second semester. Because the team lost many seniors last year, they recognize that every member now has to step up to the plate.
This season, tryouts were on Feb. 26. The team and their coaches are on the lookout for new freshmen who already have some experience and are looking to play at a more competitive level, but the team also encourages those who have not played before to tryout so that they can try something new.
Those returning to varsity understand the work that they have to put in in order to have a successful season as well. Root comments, “I am looking forward to this season because everyone on the team has been working really hard so that we can overcome last year’s barrier and win a city championship.” The varsity team is willing to work hard to prepare for key conference games and even take advantage of their shot at a city title. Despite a tough state playoff ahead of them, the team is looking forward to a fun and successful season on and off the field.
Their first game is on Mar. 16, 2018 at Hoffman Estates, and their first home game is April 11, 2018 vs. Trinity. Be sure to check out an exciting game this year, or if you can not make it, check out coverage of the team on Mustang Sports Net on Instagram.