Arriving to the field in cold, damp weather isn’t always ideal for a lacrosse game, but the middle school girls were itching to take advantage of the opportunity to play some games and showed up with great attitudes, one of their greatest assets as a team. This middle school team is very young compared to other teams that we play, therefore we anticipate and welcome the challenges we face in any game.
The first game started off with some fantastic connections between midfielder Tori Schmidt and attacker Morgan Poyzer. The entire attacking team worked together to create these opportunities in the 8 meter and we were able to capitalize on it in back-to-back possessions. Throughout the rest of the games, more than half of the team was able to score on this early foundation.
Each new game and team brings new challenges. Our second game challenged our ability to persevere even when things aren’t going as we’d like them to. Although we were trailing and eventually lost the second game, the girls continued to make passes, fight for ground balls, and score goals. Leading the defense in this game were Macy Engelmann, Ally Harty, and Maddie Burnett.
After two hard-fought games and plenty of rain, the girls started their third and final game as though they had just shown up to the field - ready and excited to play, with zero complaints about the cold or being tired. As the score grew tighter, the girls dug in their heels and continued to fight. We worked to improve our ball control in the midfield by cradling and making smart passes. In the end, we were rewarded with another win.
Seeing this team’s willingness to learn, try, fail, try again, and succeed is impressive. It is clear that these girls are putting in the time and effort to grow their lacrosse knowledge and skills for the ultimate goal of creating a stronger team. Come see these skills in action again on May 11 in West Des Moines.