Glastonbury's lacrosse Lady Tomahawks will need to improve to build on strong start

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Glastonbury lacrosse player  Taylor Walker fires a shot on goal in the Tomahawks' 15-8 win over New Milford on April 16. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury lacrosse player Taylor Walker fires a shot on goal in the Tomahawks' 15-8 win over New Milford on April 16. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School girls' varsity lacrosse team has started the season with a 5-0 record, but coach Kris Cofiell still insists on better performance from her squad, especially if they are to reach their goal of a deep run into the state tournament.

“We have to fix every facet of our game,” Cofiell said. “We have the potential. Athletically, this is one of my better teams. Our lacrosse IQ needs to improve and we need to make better decisions. That comes from high-level practices, learning from your mistakes, and watching games.”

After a 15-8 win over New Milford on April 16, Cofiell said she was disappointed because that was the largest number of goals the Tomahawks had given up in one game so far. While the team is winning, there are still plenty of lessons for players offered in each game, she said.

“Every game can't be perfect,” the coach said. “If you play enough of them, you do some good things and some bad things, and you learn some lessons. If we walk away from this and say, ‘We have to figure out how to do things better,’ then in the end, we'll be better.”

Part of that was because senior Katherine Nuzzolo – the team's “spark plug” – had to leave the game with a minor head injury. “She is our intensity leader,” Cofiell said. “She plays hard and she thrives on competition. She expects a lot of herself and of her teammates.”

The team is evenly divided – six players from each class – but the seniors are naturally taking a lot of the lead. Several younger players – like sophomores Taylor Walker and Sara DiCenso – are stellar athletes, the coach said.

The Tomahawks will begin a series of telling tests for the team, with a visit to fellow undefeated team Farmington (5-0) on April 18, before hosting Hall and then traveling to Newtown, which are also among the highest ranked in the state.

“You can't fall asleep against any of them,” Cofiell said.

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