Girls lacrosse looks to bounce back after rocky start

Zach Lustbader, Staff Writer

The girls varsity lacrosse team has embarked on another season at Schreiber. The team achieved a record of 10 wins and 7 losses last season, and they look to do even better this year. After the departure of several important seniors, the team is led by senior twins Morgan and Michaela Gearty.

The winning aspirations of the team cannot be overstated.

“Everyone on the team has so much to offer and there is so much talent,” said captain Morgan Gearty.  “I’m hoping to make it to county finals for the fourth year in a row!”

The team has started out the season 0-4. In their first game, they faced Shoreham-Wading River in a non-league opener. Wading River defeated Schreiber by a score of 9-7. The team was led offensively by junior Tobey Tick with three goals, and eighth-grader Natalie Demeo with two.

“Right now we are 0-4 but every day I notice a difference in the way we are playing, and we are getting only better,” said sophomore Ribecca Sperry.  “Our coach always tells us the regular season is just practice for the playoffs, so we are just looking to kill it during playoffs and I think we can. We know what we need to fix and we are working on only improving from here.”

Port Washington’s next game, which was against Cold Spring Harbor, was not as close. Cold Spring Harbor blew out Port Washington 17-7. Cold Spring Harbor, the leading team in the Nassau I conference, had been winning 7-4 at the end of the first half and then outscored Port Washington 10-3 in the second. Once again, Tick led the offense with four goals.

The next game was at Manhasset High School. In this game, Manhasset took charge early, and by the end of the first half, led the Vikings 10-1. By the end of the game, Manhasset defeated Port Washington 15-5. Tick and Demeo led the way for the third game, each scoring multiple goals.

The Schreiber team’s most recent matchup was against North Shore on April 4. North Shore defeated Port Washington 15-6. Despite a very tough battle, goals came from a variety of Port players, including Demeo and juniors Tick, Ali Turner, and Lily Conway.

The team’s upcoming games are against Long Beach, Garden City, South Side, Plainedge, Oceanside, Locust Valley, Wantagh, Syosset, Massapequa, and Carle Place. Depending on how they do in these games, they will then have playoff games in May. A playoff appearance is not out of the picture, though it would have to take a turn out from the relatively lackluster performance from the team thus far.

“We are really looking forward to the rest of the season to keep working hard together,” said Gearty.  “We are working on every weakness to become the best team, and I think that we will achieve our goals and create new challenges moving forward.”

Overall, the Port girls varsity lacrosse team has gotten off to a shaky start this season. However, if there is anything we know for sure about Viking spirit, it is that the season can get turned around at any moment.