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Girls' lacrosse picks up big win

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By Phil Scherer

Los Alamos High School girls’ lacrosse coach Whitney Pryce could hardly contain her excitement. This season, the program’s first, has been a challenge for Pryce and the 13 girls on her team. In two previous games, the Hilltoppers were blown out, struggling to keep up with teams that had been playing together for far longer. 

But Tuesday night at Dara Jones Field in White Rock, the Hilltoppers won, defeating Bosque 9-2 and showing significant improvement. Following the handshke line after the game, Pryce jumped for joy back over to her team, the smile on her face easy to spot from anywhere in Overlook Park. 

“Our communication has gotten increasingly better over time,” Pryce said. “Our defense has improved. We are really working together as a team, and our motto is to stay positive no matter what, even though in some of the previous games we got demolished a little bit.”

In this game, the Hilltoppers took on a different role, jumping on top early and never letting go of control of the game. 

Marie Lee got the Hilltopeprs on the scoreboard early, which seemed to build confidence, as the team continued to push forward and force Bosque into mistakes. 

Felisha Martinez added a goal to push the lead to 2-0, and Elsa Gram followed up with a goal of her own to go up 3-0. Right before halftime, Allina Bergemann also scored, giving the Hilltoppers a 4-0 edge at the break. 

LAHS continued to pile on after halftime, as Martinez and Bergemann added their second goals, and Ashlyn Baker also scored, giving the Hilltoppers a 7-0 edge. 

After allowing Bosque to score a pair of goals, LAHS answered right back with goals from Baker and Maya Clausen, giving them a 9-2 victory. 

The balanced scoring is one of the biggest things that Pryce noticed from her team that she is excited to see continue moving forward. 

“We got more people that know how to score goals,” Pryce said excitedly. “That was really cool.”

Baker, one of the team’s two-goal scorers, said she was excited to get the first win of the season and wants to see the success continue moving forward. 

“I think we did awesome,” Baker said. “A lot of communication and teamwork went into it, and I think just cheering each other on brought everyone together.”

She added that going through the tough losses has given the team an idea of what needs to be worked on in practice, and she believes the team has done a good job improving in those areas, specifically on defense. 

When her coach said that the defense has gotten “pretty good,” Baker stopped her and said, “pretty amazing.”

The girls will return to Dara Jones Field Thursday at 5 p.m. to take on Santa Fe Prep, hoping that balanced scoring and good defense continue to lead to success. 

Pryce is excited to continue working with her team, and believes that more improvement will come by playing more games. 

She said, “We have so much potential, and I think by the end of the season we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”