THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MAy 19, 2023 Page 17 Everett’s first-year girls lacrosse team begins to make strides with competitive efforts Crimson Tide hosts Malden on Senior Day later today at 7 Acres By Joe McConnell ven though the Everett High School girls lacrosse team (0-11) is still searching for its first win, the compete level is very much improving all over the field for the first-year varsity club. The Everett girls lost to visiting Medford, 14-2 in a game that was deceptively close early on during the May 11 contest. They then fell to host Revere, 7-3 in a back-and-forth encounter Tuesday afternoon. E “Throughout the first six minutes of the game against Medford, the score was tied at one apiece,” said coach Christina Buckley. “Our defense was playing together, and as a result Medford was having a hard time scoring.” Katherine Olivares Guzman setup the first Everett goal after knocking the ball loose from the Medford goalie, who came out of her net to make the initial save. Valandy Pierre was then nearby to scoop up the groundball, before firing it home. After that goal, Medford called a timeout, before going on a run. “We had a difficult time bouncing back from that point Amanda Verterio makes a shot during recent action against Malden. on,” said Buckley. In the second half, center Riley Avelar went the length of the field dodging multiple defenders, before scoring the Tide’s second goal of the game. “Overall, coach Korb and I were pleased with our effort both defensively and offensively,” said Buckley. “We were much more competitive against them in this game than in the previous two. “Cristina Snook, Kamily Aguilar, Nicole Damaceno and Yasmine Linhares played fantastic defensive games,” added Buckley, “and we had 13 shots on net split among Sophia Sousa, Amanda Verterio, Natalia Ruiz, Katherine Olivares Guzman, Brigitte Reyes Cortez and Riley Avelar. Goalie Khadiha Ailane made 13 saves.” Against Revere, Riley Avelar, Brigitte Reyes Cortez and Amanda Verterio scored unassisted goals. “We had 11 shots on net, and were able to keep possession of the ball throughout the majority of this game,” said Buckley. “If we can start to convert those shots into goals at a higher percentage, we’re going to win some games.” Ailane, a newcomer to laSophia Sousa takes it to the Malden net during recent action. crosse, came up with 12 more saves against the Patriots, and, according to Buckley, she has really developed into a solid goalie. Overall, the coaches were really pleased once again with the team, and they’re hoping to break into the win column at least once, before the regular season ends next week. There are three games left on the schedule beginning with the Senior Day contest against Malden later today at 7 Acres, starting at 4 p.m. They will then play a night game against Lowell on Monday at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium at 6 p.m., before heading back to Revere to take on the Patriots Thursday, May 25, at 4 p.m.

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