The snow has finally melted; the birds are beginning to chirp once again and it is finally time for spring. With the spring season comes a brand new year for the Girls Lacrosse team. After a tremendous performance last year, in which they made it to the playoffs and came just short of beating powerhouse Garden City, the girls are looking forward to perhaps going even further. This year, the girls have started out with a respectable 2-2 record and are looking forward to as good a season as they had last year, maybe even better.
The first game of the season was played on March 15 against a tough Wantagh team. This would be the first league game of the season in a brutal Conference I. Port had their work cut out for them, as they showed some early season troubles. Being that it was the very first game of the season, it was difficult for the team to mesh. However, the girls showed great effort the entire game, and had a 3-2 lead going into the second half of play. It all went downhill from there, however, as Port allowed 8 goals in the second half and could only manage to put one goal in, themselves. The score ended at 10-4 in favor of Wantagh. The Lady Vikings could only take this game as a learning experience and be ready for their next game.
The girls had a good opportunity to redeem themselves the week after they had a troubling opening loss to Wantagh. Their game was scheduled against Whitman, as a non-league game. However, this game was not going to be taken lightly by the Lady Vikings, as they were hungry for their first win of the season. Against Whitman, the girls came out firing on all cylinders. They scored 6 first half goals and took the game easily, by the score of 9-2, Jolie Signoreli led Port with 4 goals and goalies Christina Saccone and Sandra Alvarez had 9 saves and 4 saves, respectively. It was an overall good game for the Lady Vikings, as they got their first win of the season. League game or not, this win was crucial for the girls morale.
The next game was played last Wednesday against Conference I opponent Syosset. Syosset is a very talented team, so this was a great test to see what level Port was capable of playing at. The first half went by rather slowly, most of the game being played in the center of the field. By the end of the first half, Port was locked up in a 2-2 tie. Alas, Port's defense just became overworked in the second half, as Syosset scored early and often to seal the win. The final score was 9-4 in favor of Syosset. The girls really shouldn't take this game as a total failure. Jackie Hehir and Kristen DiStefano each had an all-around good game, both scoring goals. The team also was able to pass along the sidelines to feed into the middle, very well. The girls were not in good enough physical shape, yet it is only the beginning of the season. Conditioning will come along as the season progresses.
The girls had their fourth game of the season last Saturday, way out in Greenlawn against Harborfields. This was another non-league game, but again, the Lady Vikings needed to win this game in order to improve upon their play against Syosset and get ready for their difficult conference schedule. The game was a seesaw battle the entire way through. Port fell behind at halftime 2-1, but fought back with goals from Jackie Hehir and Marla Diakow. The Lady Vikings ended up winning the game by the score of 9-8 and looked primed for their upcoming meetings with conference games.
With a very respectable overall record of 2-2 the Lady Vikings are ready for their push toward what they hope will be not only a successful regular season but also a successful postseason as well. The girls will need to improve upon their conditioning and develop better team chemistry, but like everything that will come with time. As spring unfolds upon us, the Lady Vikings are ready to bring on the heat.