Girls lacrosse team prepares to defend its state title
By Katie Chong, ’18
The girls lacrosse team holds a total of eight state championships and has consecutively held the title for the past three years. Although the team lost 10 seniors last year, mostly defensive players, the team has five commits and a lot of returners, so senior Maddy Mead is optimistic for a successful season. Mead is a captain of the varsity team and has committed to play lacrosse for Kent State University next fall.
The spring season officially started March 26. The Lady Bears have been training hard to defend their title.
“We have practice roughly six days a week for two hours,” Mead said. “We usually run then work on anything from fundamentals like passing and defensive positioning, to plays.”
The team’s practice schedule requires each player to dedicate a sizeable amount of time outside of school to lacrosse. In order to prepare themselves for a good season, the team not only trains intensely but also constantly looks for ways to improve.
“When we play good teams it shows our breakdowns and where we need to improve which helps in the long run,” said Mead.
So far, the team’s mindset seems to be working as the Lady Bears have been undefeated since the start of the season. The team plans to continue to have a focused mindset in order to continue their winning streak.
“Hard work, dedication and focus everyday makes us successful in games and allows us to make it far in the tournament every year,” said Mead.
Looking into the future, the girls’ lacrosse team has to win at least six regional games to secure a place in the state championship game. The championship games for both girls’ and boys’ lacrosse will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University on June 2.