Girl’s Lacrosse Battled Through Up and Down Season in 2016

Girl’s Lacrosse Battled Through Up and Down Season in 2016

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Girl’s lacrosse battled through and up and down campaign in 2016 after being hit hard by graduation in 2015, but the team still picked up impressive wins and made a playoff appearance. Here is our 2016 season review for the girl’s lacrosse team.

Girl’s lacrosse finished the 2016 season at 9-8 overall and 7-7 in the BCSL.

Cinnaminson opened the season with a 16-3 loss to Holy Cross that was almost a feeling-out period.

There was almost an entirely brand new group of girls on the field on the defensive end for Cinnaminson this season. It didn’t take long for that unit to gel though, as the Pirates reeled off four wins in a row following the loss in the opener.

“The improvement of defense was actually something I mentioned in my pregame speech during our playoff game,” head coach Laura Curran said. “With only 3 of the 7 defenders being returners we all knew it was going to take a while before they were used to playing with each other.”

“As the season went on, I saw them begin to trust one another and their communication improved dramatically. I’m really proud of the way they quickly transformed and stepped up to play the challenging positions. I foresee us experimenting with different defenses next year since most of them will be returning, which is really exciting.”

The Pirates first win of the season came against West Windsor-Plainsboro South by a 14-4 score. The three other wins during the win streak came against Moorestown Friends, New Egypt and Delran.

“Our most impressive win was the first time we played Delran on their field,” Curran said. “We were expected to lose by 4 and we won by 2 after we successfully held the ball in our offensive end for 4 and a half minutes. We ended that possession with a great goal by Emily Treharne to secure the win. The girls not only came together as a team, but that big win helped to build their confidence in each other.”

Cinnaminson’s longest win streak of the year was snapped with a 16-6 loss to Northern Burlington, a team that the Pirates swept in 2015.

The loss to the Greyhounds that snapped the win streak started a seven-game stretch in which the Pirates traded wins and losses.

“The girls stayed very focused all year. They were always willing to learn and I was teaching them new strategies all the way up until the last week of the season,” Curran said. “They always respected the coaches and each other, and I never saw them take their anger or frustration out on each other if they were losing, and that’s hard to do if you’re losing a game by a good amount.”

In the final regular season game of 2016 senior Julia Averill needed 11 goals to reach 100 for her career. She hit the milestone in a 21-5 win over Maple Shade with exactly 11 goals scored.

“Just like the players I’ve coached before Julia that scored 100 goals in their career, they always mention their teammates that helped them accomplish it,” Curran said.

“It just shows that they see the team as something bigger than just themselves and they all support and encourage each other to be successful. With a great youth and middle school program, I anticipate having more players in the future reach this milestone, which is very promising for our program.”

Cinnaminson, partly because of their early-season four-game win streak and partly because of their strength of schedule, earned a berth in the South, Group 2 Tournament.

The Pirates earned the #13 seed and traveled to take on #4 Red Bank Catholic. Cinnaminson fell in the first round by a 19-4 score to end the season.

Curran offered her final thoughts on the 2016 season:

“I was very impressed with the individual adaptations most of the players had to make coming into this season. Eight of the twelve starters saw little to no Varsity time last season. That is a huge percentage of players that not only haven’t played together, but were not accustomed to the differences between JV and Varsity play.”

“Some of the girls were put into positions they’ve never even played before, and ended up playing every minute. I am so proud of the way every single Varsity player adapted quickly to what may have been a brand new role with essentially a brand new team. They worked hard all season and continually improved up until the final game.”

Tomorrow we will bring you the 2016 season review for the Cinnaminson golf team.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com