Knights looking to improve after early struggles

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Fri., Apr. 20, 2012
Ellington's Zack Palmer fires a shot in the Knights' loss to Avon on April 19. Photos by Steve Smith.
Ellington's Zack Palmer fires a shot in the Knights' loss to Avon on April 19. Photos by Steve Smith.

With a 2-3 start to the season (after a loss to Avon on April 19), coach Dave Giordano of the Ellington boys' lacrosse team said there is plenty of time for his players to improve, and still a chance to see the tournaments at the end of the season.

“We're playing some real tough opponents,” Giordano said. “A lot of it has to do with making little mistakes, and you can't make those mistakes if you want to be successful. We're starting to correct some things. We're starting to possess the ball a little bit better. We're moving in the right direction.”

Shot placement and time of possession are among things the team is working on in practice, as well as not reliquishing the ball.

“Turnovers have been the bane of our existence,” Giordano said. “It's been hard overcoming that. We just have to be a little more disciplined.”

The junior-heavy team would seem to have another year to reach the top of the conference, but Giordano said there is enough give in their opponents, that the Knights could see themselves in a playoff game.

“It's hard to tell,” he said. “There's a lot of disparity in the other teams, as far as the level of play. I'd like to think we have a chance of making the tournament.”

For now, it's about the younger players stepping up and making the most out of the opportunity to learn from the more veteran players.

“The big thing is just trying to play more cohesively, as one unit, as opposed to individuals out there,” Giordano said. “That will help us be more successful.”

Ellington hosts Granby Memorial on April 27, and travels to Canton on April 30. For a complete schedule, visit


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