By Abbey Fisk,
Women’s lacrosse coach Jen Morris started varsity tryouts with a twist this year, asking players who were trying out to pass a three-level “wall ball” skills drill.
Conditioning and “wall ball” have helped prepare lacrosse players for the four days of tryouts and the rest of the season ahead, according to senior Sarah Sherwin.
The varsity team, which started practice on Friday, Feb. 12, includes many returning players. “There will be a lot of experience already we can build on,” Sherwin noted.
This year’s team has a tough regular-season schedule, and will face all five of last year’s top North Coast Section teams.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but I think we can compete with all of these teams,” said Morris, who guided her team to a second-round finish in the section competition last year.
Returning player and senior Anna Belenis has high expectations for the upcoming season.
“I could see us winning [the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League] and making a deep run in playoffs,” she said. “We have the talent, chemistry and coaching to do really well this year.”
After placing second in the league for the past two seasons, Morris would like to “find a way to change that to first place.”