Girls lacrosse starts season strong, loses seven starters

Michelle Kaganovsky

Michelle Kaganovsky
Senior Andy Escamilla catches the ball during girls lacrosse practice.

Starting the season off with just two losses, the girls varsity lacrosse team is optimistic about their chances for qualifying to championships.

Dealing with the loss of 10 seniors, seven of which were starters, caused the team to have to readjust at the start of the season. The team also lost five out of seven defenders and therefore are working to strengthen their defense.

“It was kind of rough in the beginning but we’re getting better, our defense needs a lot of work but we’re good on our attack,” goalie Tahra Hunter said.

In order to improve that area of the game, the team is applying new strategies on the field and working to re-establish strong communication.

Employed with many skillful shooters and experienced members, the team hopes to overcome their setbacks and restore their defense to the vigor it was last season.

“Last year, we had a lot better defense with stronger communication, so our goal is to work on our defense,” Hunter said. “We have a lot of great shooters that know how to place the ball, so I’m not really worried about the attack.”

Despite the challenges of restructuring their team, the Birmingham Community Charter High School (BCCHS) girls varsity lacrosse team ranked sixth among other high schools and have an overall record of winning a game by 5 to 3.

At the annual Birmingham LAX Bash, the team placed second out of 22 other high school varsity teams. All the practice and improvements they’ve made throughout the season seemed to finally come together for them at the game.

“Before our annual LAX Bash we’ve been having problems with the chemistry on our team because we weren’t cooperating enough,” attack player April Serrano said. “It wasn’t until this game that we actually passed the ball and we made the perfect transitions that we needed to score, so that was a good moment.”

Being Los Angeles City Section Champions for three years straight, this year’s team is confident that they will uphold the title and make it to championships.

With twelve games remaining, coach Scott Silva believes they could still push themselves even further.

“I am happy with how our girls have played so far this season, but at the same time I know we haven’t played our best lacrosse yet,” Coach Scott Silva said.