Experience fuels Windsor High School girls’ lacrosse

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., May. 16, 2012
Meagan Self hunts down the ball for Windsor during the team's 16-6 victory over East Catholic. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Meagan Self hunts down the ball for Windsor during the team's 16-6 victory over East Catholic. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

High spirits, strong sticks and a wealth of experience defines the 2012 Windsor High School girls’ lacrosse team.

Though she is in her first season as head coach at WHS, Pamela Hammersmith is not new to the game. With 26 years of prior coaching under her belt, Hammersmith brings a contagious love of the sport and wealth of knowledge to the Warriors’ program.

On a roster of 15 varsity players, Hammersmith is assisted by coach Lindsay Matteo. “Our 2012 goal was to get everyone to play as a team; working on transition, a settle offense, and double-teaming on defense,” Hammersmith said.

Pulling together off the field, the Warriors hosted a team car wash to raise funds, and enjoyed several team bonding get-togethers. “Our greatest strength is how well the girls work together,” the coach said. “One team weakness is that we hardly have any subs and the girls never get a break.” Seniors Danielle Beckford, Camille Caliendo (C), Megan Connelly, Marissa Cort, Holly Loomer (C), Liz May, Raleigh Orszulak and Meagan Self (C) proved early on to be superior role models for new players.

Several players make up Windsor’s top offensive threats: junior Katie Wenner, 43 goals; junior Rachel Dowgewicz, 24 goals; Self, 29 goals; and Caliendo, 10 goals. At the heart of the Warriors’ defense, junior goalie Katie McLoughlin has 105 saves.

“In the Southington game we tied 9-9 in triple overtime,” Hammersmith said of a season highlight. “The girls played for an hour and 50 minutes - very intense game. They supported each other and never gave up. Katie [McLoughlin] played outstanding and Katie [Wenner] and Rachel [Dowgewicz] combined for seven out of the nine goals,” the coach said.

After a 16-6 victory over East Catholic on May 3, the Warriors stood at 4-4-1 with the second half of the season quickly counting down. After an impressive, 15-4 victory over RHAM on May 10, Windsor fell to Farmington, 14-4 on May 11, leaving the four remaining games to determine tournament qualification.

A full season review and further information regarding Windsor’s final standings can be found at www.casciac.org.

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