By Laura Bock,
In its first home game of the season on Thursday, March 3, the Davis High women’s lacrosse team triumphed over the visiting St. Francis Troubadours, winning 9-2 .
The Devils started off strong, with freshman Alex Agnew making the first goal of the game–her fifth of the season–during the first four minutes. St. Francis followed up with its own goal a few minutes afterward.
The first half consisted of a lot of intense back and forth between the two teams, with Davis scoring two more goals–Agnew with her second and the other courtesy of junior Adeline O’Hanlon, assisted by senior Anna Belenis. St. Francis also tallied another goal.
The second half opened with senior Isabella Babich quickly bringing the Devils another point. Almost a minute afterwards, Agnew followed up with her third goal of the game.
Despite many attempted goals from St. Francis, junior goalie Maggie Whittemore managed to expertly deflect each one. Although the Devils also had many unsuccessful attempts, they were still able to bring Davis four more points by the end of the game, resulting in their 9-2 win.
Other than Agnew, some strong standouts throughout the game were senior captains Belenis, Sarah Sherwin and Abby Meyer, as well as junior Lucy Shauman. However, the team was missing a few players, including juniors Camille Renaud and Nicole Pugh.
“I thought once we settled down we played very well,” head coach Jennifer Morris said. “We’re missing a few key people so that’s always a tough way to go into a game, but I think everyone stepped up and, especially defensively, did a really great job.”
Babich said the team’s pace was too fast in the first half.
“I think we did really good slowing it down in the second half on offense and defense got a lot of ground balls,” she explained.
“I think it’s just being a little more patient and more poised with the ball, just knowing that [the other team has] to get it from us and that when we have it we can really take advantage of our possessions,” the coach said.
Babich thinks the win is a good omen for the rest of the season.
“I think we’re going to be really good,” she said. “I think we’re going to go really far and make it to playoffs, hopefully, and I think our team is really close-knit and everyone gets along so that’s good.”
The Devils’ next home game is Friday, March 4 against the Foothill Falcons at 7:30 p.m.