By Julia Weiler
Following a record-breaking season in 2017, the girls lacrosse team is already off to an amazing start. Last year, two new coaches joined the program with a new vision for the BHGL program. Coach Maria, the offensive coach, and Coach B, the defensive coach, are leading the team to another year of success.The coaches pushed their athletes hard last season, but that resulted in an amazing record of 13-3. As they approach the 2018 season, 2018, the team is stronger and more determined than ever to conquer their difficult competitors and defeat their rivals. With many spring sports beginning to kick off their seasons with a win, the girls varsity lacrosse team has done no different. After their first scrimmage and victory last Saturday verse White Plains, captain Sofia Corpina responds that “we lost to White Plains last season, so it was great reassurance for our team to already see the improvements we have made.” The girls then brought home another win in their second scrimmage against Briarcliff. The lacrosse players certainly have natural talent, but more importantly, they’ve been working tirelessly to get to where they are. Junior Cecily Corpina stresses, “our team has been working hard in the offseason to defeat our upcoming opponents due to our harder schedule.” Although they are early in their season, the girls have improved as a team and have been able to start off strong.
Besides continuing their winning streak, the girls have several other goals for this season. They have been partaking in a number of team bonding events and activities, as they aspire to really unite on and off the field. They even use traditions like their pre-game rituals to get pumped up for games. During drills, they start working on their individual skills and then come together as a team to work on their skills as a whole. They take practice extremely seriously, partly because the mantra their coaches constantly repeat, “How you practice is how you play.” The team is filled with leadership and motivation from peers. In addition to the two coaches and the captains, Charlie Rosenberg and Sofia Corpina, each team member motivates one another both at practice and during the games.
All of the players were ecstatic about their trip to Disney over spring break. The lacrosse team was accompanied by the softball and baseball team, who also went to Disney to compete in games and have fun in the park as a team. Junior Lindsey Grotta, one of the varsity lacrosse members, said she was excited because they are “going to have great competition down there, and this will help [them] prepare for a great rest of the season”. Considering the last time the BHGVL team went to Disney was in 2015, most of the girls had not experienced this trip before, and had been looking forward to it for as long as they can remember.
The players got back from their trip only a couple days ago and agree that this trip was an amazing experience. Junior Joely Coviello explains that the team, “had practice, a few scrimmages, and went to some of the Disney parks at the end of the day.” She explained that the team was able to bond and come together throughout the trip, and that “the trip was just a great time overall”.
It is undeniable that over the years the BHGVL team has become more team-oriented and an unstoppable powerhouse. Their drive and persistence are what keeps them as such a well-respected team at Byram Hills and throughout the Westchester area. Overall, the team has a reputation for being one of the best in their section and proves this through their outstanding records and skills displayed on the fields. The girls varsity lacrosse team shows up to each game day with an incredible attitude and each teammate giving 110% effort, in hope of making 2018 one of the most successful in BHGVL history.