By: Seth Kinker, email@example.com
The Saline Hornets Girls Lacrosse team continued to show improvement in their fourth game of the season yesterday night, falling 16-8 to the Novi Wildcats.
The 8 goal output has been the highest of their season thus far, something head coach Ashley Glenn credits to changing the offense.
“This past week or so we’ve been working on putting a different offense in,” said Glenn. “A little more structured, we’ve been practicing that Friday and Monday and today was our definitely our best day of working it and running it consistently.
Within the first few minutes of face-off, the Hornets were on the board first, senior midfielder Grace Livsey beat her defender with a spin then slid the ball on the ground past the Novi goalie for the 1-0 lead.
Junior attacker Kate Kloosterman would score one more before Wildcat junior Alexa Cotter would get one back to make the score 2-1 with 21:52
Senior midfielder Emily Hill, and Livsey would again to make the score 4-1 with 19:05 left but were outscored 7-1 before halftime.
Hill, who had signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Albion college earlier in the day, added a second-half hat trick to lead the Hornets with four goals but the Hornets were outscored 8-3, falling 16-8.
“We fell in and out of our defense,” said Glenn. “We have a structured defense we’re trying to run as well. I think that first half was a really great showing of it, playing consistently. We got a little tired at the end of the game and they had some good hard shooters. We were playing it solid and there were moments of greatness where we were playing defensively.
The Hornets continue to look for the right piece at goalie and will be rotating juniors Celest Roof, Megan Szczypka, and Eva Doorlag at the position throughout the season.
Glenn wants to continue to see improvement from the team, including some fundamentals and ground ball work.
“We’ve been focusing on grit the last week,” said Glenn. “We want to make sure we’re staying gritty every game and working our butts off, and having fun of course.”