Women’s Lacrosse Goes Against Taft
By Melanie Juarez
Despite the warmth of the afternoon, the school’s shadow just covered the eastern edge of the field, leaving those of us on the bleachers shivering, but the field and the players lit up in the sunlight. The women’s varsity lacrosse team was gathered on the field for their 5:00 p.m game versus Taft, on Monday, March 25. The team was expecting an easy match; Yasmira Cortez, Adv. 105, said “We [the team] felt pretty excited and confident going into the game.”
Typically, the home team wears white, but Taft showed up to the game in their white uniform, which forced Northside to quickly change into their maroon uniform. Some players did not bring their maroon uniform that day and had to ask around to find spare jerseys, and as result wore numbers different from usual, which the row of parents chatting behind me were apt to point out.
First came the initial draw, where two starting players balance a ball between their crossed sticks and then toss it into the air. Just a few minutes in, Taft scored the first goal, and the handful of parents in blue, who had gathered on the southern edge of the field, cheered. But soon afterward, Audrey McManus, Adv. 900, scored the first goal for Northside, followed soon with another, this time by Lily Root, Adv. 002.
After that came a stretch of the game where Northside’s repeated attempts to score were unfruitful. The players made several shots to the southern goal, but they would bounce off the post, get blocked by Taft’s goalkeeper, or roll out of the net. Taft, having some particularly fast and adept players, took the opportunity to advance to Northside’s goal on the northern end, but the shots were blocked by goalkeeper Humayra Munshi, Adv. 903. But Northside soon got back into its rhythm, making smooth and skillful passes between players. In the space of about five minutes, the team scored five goals.
The first half ended with Northside up at 9 points and Taft at 2.
When the second half began about ten minutes later, the sun was starting to set, casting a shadow over the field. The increased cold slowed down the players. In the second half, Taft regained some possession of the ball, but scored only once out of many attempts. In turn, McManus, Root, and Samantha Farmer, Adv. 004, scored 4 goals. Northside won, with the game ending with a sizable 13 to 3 lead.
While this game was an easy win for the team, it was good practice for the players, who recognize their shortcomings. Munshi said “We have some work to do as a team, a lot of the members are new to varsity so we need some more time to get used to how we all play.” Cortez agreed, and said that “the most difficult part of the game is having consistent communication, whether it is between one specific position like attack or the whole team as a whole.” Nevertheless, the team is optimistic for the rest of the season. “I'm just really excited for the rest of the season because I can see that in every practice and game we are growing stronger as a team,” said Cortez.