All players that came on the trip to play Benedictine were respectful and played hard for our teams. In all it was a very successful trip that showed that our program is capable of participating in this type of event for years to come. Both teams lost but the team work and effort that was exhibited at the games will help ensure our future success this year as a program.
The Junior Varsity played a tough game against Benedictine, losing 7-0. Even with a loss like this it was great to see new players getting a chance to play due to our low numbers. Our JV has developed so much over the season and it is great to see our new JV players mixing with JV players who have been playing lacrosse for a longer period of time. This group of players constantly demands hard work and focus, while having an understanding side as they are invested in each other, making sure each player is on the same page. One thing that the JV team needs to work on is moving the ball around the outside of our offensive set and also learning the responsibilities in our defense. Once again it is great to see our young players stepping up and getting playing time for our JV in hopes that their next game will be better and ultimately one day they will be a part of our varsity.
Our varsity game was great even with the loss. It was one of the first times this season that the coaches were able to see the direct coloration of our hard work and effort in practice translate to the game. In the first quarter the score was 5 to 1, Dunwoody. This game represents the kind of start that we need game in and game out. Defense and offense were both making plays, helping us to go into half time with a score of 10-6. In the second half Dunwoody was able to sustain our lead until the last two minuets of the game. Going into the fourth quarter it was 14-9. In the fourth quarter Benedictine got hot offensively and was able to make a come back, ultimately winning the game 16-15. In all a loss was not the result we were looking for although we could take multiple positives out of the game such as; six different scores, seven different players with an assist, new players making an immediate impact, offense and defense taking pride within their units and rising up to the occasion collectively, and lastly the correct execution of team plays which we called in critical situations.
With a loss, moral and players attitudes tend to become more negative, but in this case I believe that all of our players understand why we lost the game but more importantly understand that if they play to their full potential then we can compete on a very high level. Things that we need to work on still are; team offense/defense, riding and clearing, extra man offense, extra man defense, two minute offense, two minute defense, and most importantly hot to close out a win. I believe that after this game our team is more focused and determined to achieve these goals and continue to grow and get better.
As a program we are looking forward to today as we take St Puix at home at March 22nd at 5:00pm. This marks the first day in program history that the varsity lacrosse team will play at Dunwoody High School. I look forward to a big crowd and support from our community as we take on our cross town rivals. Look for Dunwoody to play to a fast start, play good defense, and scrap hard for every ground ball as well seek victory.