Numbers, wins climb for Scituate

Numbers, wins climb for Scituate

Scituate’s Val Zammarelli, left, looks to pass the ball to teammate Madison Medbury, right, during the first half of last week’s Division III showdown against Ponaganset at Manning Field. The Spartans, who posted a 12-8 victory that was their fourth of the season, added to their win total on Monday afternoon by defeating Toll Gate, 10-9. (Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)
Girls’ lacrosse team improves to 5-2, matches 2017’s win total

NORTH SCITUATE – A season after posting a 5-7 mark that was its best record since 2008, it appears that the Scituate High girls’ lacrosse team could be on its way to posting its first winning season in a decade.

On Saturday afternoon at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the Spartans suffered a 15-8 loss to unbeaten Rogers, but prior to that game, they had won four straight Division III games, including a 12-8 win over Ponaganset last Tuesday afternoon at Manning Field.

And on Monday afternoon at home, the Spartans matched their win total from last year by netting a 10-9 victory over Toll Gate. At 5-2, the Spartans are in third place in the league, with the two teams above them currently undefeated, Westerly, which is 8-0, and the Vikings, who improved to 5-0 last weekend.

The Spartans return second-year head coach Brittany Terra, who joined the squad last year with intentions of revamping the program.

“We did really well,” Terra said about last season. “We definitely rose above the standards that I had for us. It was a program that definitely needed some developing. I thought I set reasonable expectations, but we broke through them and did so much better than what I was expecting. And we made it to the playoffs for the first time in three years, so that was cool.”

The Spartans had opened their season with a close 9-7 loss to Burrillville, but then they averaged nearly 13 goals a game in putting away Cranston West, 11-7; Johnston, 11-6; North Providence, 17-10; and the Chieftains.

“My biggest goal is for the girls to compete and to have fun,” Terra said. “That is my main goal. I’m a competitive person, so I would like to make it as far as we possibly can. But as long as I know that my players are putting in 100 percent of their effort and they are having a good time doing that, then I think we’ll have a successful season.”

The Spartans graduated seven players from last year, but replaced them in spades. Terra said she had 22 girls last year, while this season, they have 37. She added that the program is growing and “it’s awesome.”

Among the returning starters are Terra’s five captains. Kayla Woodbury is the goalkeeper and Amelia Dexter is a junior. The other three captains are Emma Buehrer, Valerie Zammarelli, and Jordan Viner. Leading the way offensively in goals scored are Buehrer, Zammarelli, and first-year player Madison Medbury, who is starting in the midfield.

Terra highlighted a few other girls, who have never touched a lacrosse stick before, in Cassie Clancy, Delaney Langton, Medbury and Abby Pagnozzi. Both Clancy and Langton start on defense, while Pagnozzi starts on attack.

“I think that the entire team is rising to the occasion,” Terra said. “We’re competing and beating teams that I was expecting to have a tough time against. I have a lot of girls who are just natural athletes and they are coming in and just smashing it. They’re really stepping up. And I have a lot of newcomers who are picking up the game and playing amazing.”

The Spartans, who hosted Cranston East on Tuesday, will visit Tiverton on Friday for a 6 p.m. game.