SWHS girls' lacrosse team holds its own
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
South Windsor High School girls’ lacrosse coach Ed Duclos has been with the program since he started it 21 years ago. He said lacrosse is considered one of the fastest-growing sports because it is a flowing sport and fast-paced. “It really allows athletes to excel,” said Duclos.
This year’s team finished the regular season 6-6, and ended the season in the
“I think we have a smart team and huge expectations,” said Duclos. He believes his team would prefer playing the tougher competition, even if the record may not reflect their hard efforts. “We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished,” the coach said.
Duclos described senior Rebecca Libutti as one of the team’s strong offensive players. He added that she worked well in the midfield with sophomore Tori Russo.
Speaking about junior Brogan Canty and sophomore Ashley Murtha, Duclos said, “They’re our one-two scoring threat.”
Duclos credited seniors Michelle Gilligan and Meg Ermita for running the offense, and said that sophomore Angie King and junior Jenna Harner are both solid defenders.
Sophomore Meg Brault is the team’s goalie. “She’s a real strong goalie,” said Duclos, noting that Brault made a regional team that will play on national competition rounds.
Senior co-captain Rebecca Libutti is a midfielder, wearing number 14. Libutti said the beginning of the season felt a little rocky. “But we’ve found our identity,” she said, at the end of the regular season. “Everyone knows their roles. We mesh well together.” Libutti said that the team is known for being able to pick apart a defense and tear up a zone.
Senior co-captain Amy Chalmers is a defender/backer, wearing number 12. “I think there’s been a continual improvement,” said Chalmers. “The team works really well together.” She said South Windsor is known as the team that does not back down, keeping at it until the very last second. “This team’s the best team I’ve ever been on, and we have an amazing coach,” she said.
Senior Meg Eremita is an attacker, wearing number 21. “I like it because it’s up and coming,” said Eremita about lacrosse, which she started playing in sixth grade. “We have a great town program.” She will continue playing in college, where she has signed with a Division II team.
Senior Michelle Gilligan is an attacker, wearing number 17. “I just like the girls and being part of the team,” said Gilligan about playing lacrosse. “We work really well together and have good chemistry on and off the field,” she said. “We’re always getting better, no matter the score.”
Senior Victoria Mitchell is an attacker, wearing number 9. “It’s been a little bit rocky,” said Mitchell about the season, “but we have a lot of new players, and they’ve really stepped up and are vital to this team.” She noted that some players switched positions early in the season, which created a little unbalance at first.
Senior Avery Desrosiers is a defender, wearing number 23. “A year ago, we were looked at as a very young team,” said Desrosiers. “We’re all a much stronger team now.” She said she has enjoyed playing lacrosse because it is an energizing, fun sport. “We have such a strong, united team,” she said. “When you get on the field, the rest of the day just drops away.”