For the Davis High girls lacrosse team, the next 12 days will feature a lot of hard work in practice, fine-tuning for its next outing, which doesn’t come until April 22.
So who could blame the Blue Devils for having a little fun on Thursday at Brown Stadium against Casa Roble? By the end of the night DHS’ good time had resulted in an 18-1 victory.
Nine different players scored for the Devils (5-6), most notably a couple of defenders who came up to play offense in the second half. In that group was senior Chelsey Nickell, who moved to defense this season after three years as a goalie.
When Nickell found the net for the first time in her Davis High career with 16:50 to go in the second half — which was played with a running clock — the Blue Devil bench and stands erupted with excitement.
“Each of our defenders spent some time on attack (Thursday). Liz Leshuk a senior … and Anna Belenis got goals and Chelsey Nickell, who was a goalie for three years … got her first goal ever and it was a good one,” said DHS coach Jenn Morris. “A game like this also allows us to take a breather and work on the stuff that had been breaking down.”
Devil junior Sarah Bloise opened the scoring with the first of her game-high four goals. After the contest, Bloise said she is happy with the way the locals are playing and excited to get even better over the 12-day break from games.
“We are going to be working hard to stay one step ahead of the competition,” Bloise explained. “Right now, we are in a great position. We’ve grown so much … considering what we have had to adapt to, with a lot of the seniors from last year leaving. I think we are doing amazing.”
Senior Lydia Gegan made it 2-0 before three minutes was gone, but a quick lapse allowed the Rams to get their only goal with 22:30 left in the first half. After that, it was all Davis.
Junior Ellie Meinhert finished with a hat trick for the Blue Devils, while Gegan, sophomore Sarah Sherwin and freshman Darby Maguire tallied two times each. Single goals came from Nickell, Belenis, Leshuk and senior Emmanuelle Cordier.
The one problem with the dominating performance was DHS keeping such good possessionof the ball that it wasn’t able to get much work in defensively. It isn’t a big deal, however, because the Devils have plenty of time to work on that area of the game before their next match, an April 22 home contest against Bella Vista.
“I’m really excited for this break. It’s kind of good ending with this (type of) game, and now we can go into this break and fix things,” Morris said. “On defense, we want to get back to working on what we were doing well at the beginning of the season.”
In trying to bolster that defense, Morris brought up a pair of JV players — Essence Moore and Emily Lopez-Ishikawa — who both also play basketball. Morris said that hoops acumen translates well to the lacrosse field:
“Both are really good defenders with basketball skills. We always look for basketball kids.”