Girls’ lacrosse defeated by Hopkins

Park suffers 11-12 loss

Rachel Arkis and Abby Meisler

After Parks girls lacrosse’s 11-12 loss during a back and forth game against Hopkins May 17, head coach Kate Pearson said despite the team’s defeat, they played their best game so far this season.

“Unfortunately we lost by one point, but this was the best game that we played all year,” Pearson said. “We played together as a team and all the things we’ve been working on the entire season we actually implemented today in our game.”

According to freshman Gretchen Fandel-Thompson, the team’s communication on the field led to their good performance.

“As a team, we did really well on communication,” Fandel-Thompson said. “We also did a good job moving the ball and seeing where each other were on the field and knowing that too beforehand.”

Junior captain Rylie Unangst said the team’s skill has improved throughout the season, and that it showed during the game.

“I had a good defense. I was locking people out, and my feet were shuffling,” Unangst said. “I was good on defense, and the rest of our team was really good on attack and we were moving the ball a lot.”

Pearson said the fact that the team had played games for five days straight ultimately helped contribute to their loss.

“We played incredibly well, but this was our fifth game in a row and the team as a whole was just really tired,” Pearson said. “Playing five games in a row and coming out only one point behind is still really great.”

According to Fandel-Thompson, she wants the team to work on passing so they don’t lose possession of the ball as often.

“Next time I would like to improve on our passes, even though we

did okay on them today,” Fandel-Thompson said. “We threw some passes away that we could have kept or at least held possession of.”

Unangst said she wants to work on improving for the next


“We should work on having smarter transitions, smarter passes and more pressure on defense,” Unangst said. “Not having the game at the end of a five game stretch will help, and we’ll definitely have more energy than we did today.”

The next girls’ lacrosse game is at 6:00 p.m. on May 23 against Bloomington Jefferson at Bloomington Jefferson high school.