Lady Lax Preps For Season

By Nick Smith
New sports are not an uncommon occurrence at Christian Brothers High School. We possess an athletic department that is constantly expanding itself and welcoming in new and popular teams. Of all these recently implemented teams however, none have rapidly grown as coordinated and successful as the Women’s Lacrosse team.

Beginning with a single Varsity team in the spring of 2008, the Women’s Lacrosse team has taken no shortcuts in its growth over the past ten years. As per most newly founded teams, the women’s lax-ers took some time to get off the ground. After a number of years with losing records and fresh players, the program began to get off the ground. As experienced coaches, such as respective Assistant Coach and Head Coach Scott Coyner and Cheryl Flaherty joined the program along with students who had invaluable experience with the game, the Lax side of CB grew into a powerhouse.

Following these new arrivals, the Women’s Lacrosse team grew to have successful seasons, even going so far as to reach the Division II NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls Championship(effectively section playoffs) in the 2016 and 2017 spring seasons. The girls made big waves in both of these playoffs tournaments, as they reached the semifinals in 2016 and the quarterfinals in 2017, and they will more than likely continue to do so this season.

“We are looking forward to dominating this season, and hopefully going to sections and really performing there,” stated starting goalie Navneet Khaira ’18.

Going far in the postseason is clearly one of the team’s main goals, and they seem to be more than ready to accomplish that goal. Despite the loss of a number of superstar seniors from the class of 2017, especially current Fresno State Bulldog Megan Walaitis ’17, the team is still stocked with amazing talent. The team has a total of six strong seniors, including solid defender Mia Nieves ’18, offense powerhouse Jules Fuhs ’18, defensive stronghold Kendall Ralph ’18, versatile center Mary Enos ’18, flexible midfielder Kate Donovan ’18, and last but not least, quick witted goalie Khaira. Besides the stellar seniors, our girls also have a number of excellent juniors and underclassmen who help support the team composition. Junior Mason Sheya ’19 provides quick execution as an attacker along with versatile attacker and midfielder Ari Castillo ’19 and powerful defenders Isabella Wynn ’20 and Lindsey Cooper ’20.

The girls have high ambitions for the season ahead of them, and they are exhilarated to chase after them.

“The goals this year are just to push the team to work together and be positive,” Mary Enos ’18 stated. “Our team dynamic is really good this season even within the first two weeks.”

The only thing standing in the way of the goals for the Lax team is the strong opponents that they will be facing throughout the season. Rivals that will be challenging our girls include Rio Americano, Bella Vista, Vista Del Lago, and of course, Saint Francis. Though these teams pose a great threat to the CB Lax season, our girls are more than prepared to tackle the opposition.

The team opened the 2018 campaign on Tuesday night as the Lady Falcons on College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. Our girls were exhilarated to take on the College Park Falcons, and the team was composed and driven. College Park was not to be easily overtaken however. As the match began, our Lady Falcons struggled. By halftime, our girls were down 8-6. The CB team played well, but the match was still difficult as it headed into the second half. The match ended with a narrow College Park victory over our Lady Falcons, with a final score of 11-10.

Our team had a number of standout players, including Lily Witry ‘20, who scored a number of CB goals, and Castillo ‘19, truly well performed on her draws. While our ladies fought and performed well, there are stills issues that resulted in their loss. There are some offensive defects that kept our team from truly performing to their best of their ability against the College Park team. Our girls are hoping to work on these defects and smooth them out for their next match. The Lady Falcons will be facing off against University High School on Friday at our home field at 4 PM. The best of luck to our ladies in their next battle.

With additional reporting from Colin McCarley