Ellington girls' lacrosse team playing for next year

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Ellington's Rachel Ziter fights to keep control of a loose ball in the Knights' match vs. Granby Memorial on May 16. Photos by Steve Smith.
Ellington's Rachel Ziter fights to keep control of a loose ball in the Knights' match vs. Granby Memorial on May 16. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Ellington girls' lacrosse team fell to 5-10 after a loss to Granby Memorial on May 16. Out of playoff contention, the team is using each game as a training ground for next year.

Coach Tim Bosworth said the Knights have just three seniors, but a class of about six juniors and a slew of sophomores and freshman, which should translate to better overall experience next year.

The season had some highlights, as the Lady Knights had a strong attacking core, including junior Ally Wylie and sophomore Kristen Breen, which was able to put good shots on goal when given the chance.

“Our offense is usually better than it was today,” Bosworth said, after the Granby game. “There's just not enough movement for us, as far as being able to score.”

Juniors Olivia Kosilla (defender) and Rachel Ziter (midfield) are expected to be among next year's leaders.

Passing, he said, was something the team struggled with, and that has showed in the midfield, and in setting up the attacks. “We can do a better job of that, but we're just not there yet,” he said. “[Next year], we have to work on our stick skills. Defensively, for the most part what we're doing as a team is decent, but we've got to pick that up also – do a better job on our clears, and not letting the pressure get to us. It's the whole package that we need to improve on.”

What doesn't need fixing is the players' attitude and work ethic. “Excellent attitude,” Bosworth said. “I definitely have a good group of kids and they work hard – no doubt about it. We just need to do more during the off season.”

Ellington was set to play its final game of the season at Woodstock Academy on May. 20.

For a complete season's record, visit www.casciac.org.


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