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Versus the Nardin Gators

Spring was slow to arrive and so spring sports got off to a slow start with cancellations due to the cold weather but as the Varsity Lacrosse team reaches the halfway point of their season, they hold a 5-2 record in the Monsignor Martin League. The team is set to finish the remaining games on the schedule and prepare for the playoffs.

The team didn’t let the first game of the season against Sacred Heart hurt them as they were quick to bounce back in the following games after a 10-6 loss.

On Friday, April 20, they earned their first win of the season against Mount Mercy 10-5. Goals came from Brooke Pohlman ’18, Sara Barone ’20, Aleigh Celotto ’20, Zoe Knauss ’19, Bridget Conboy ’19 and Lily Hamlett ’20. Confidence and determination filled the mindset of the Red-Tailed Hawks as they entered the rivalry matchup of the season against the Nardin Gators.

Versus the Nardin Gators.

Coming off a win against Mercy, SEM kept their winning streak going as they defeated the Gators 13-4. Goals came from Knauss, Conboy, Celotto and Shelby Kmidowski ’18.

After two big wins, the team traveled to St. Mary’s of Lancaster on April 27 for their first matchup of the season. Goalie Sophia Vaquero ’19 lead the team to a 6-0 victory after earning her first shutout of the season with 7 saves. Goals came from Kmidowski, Knauss, and Conboy.

At this point of the season, the team was on a three-game winning streak heading into their final matchup against Sacred Heart on April 30. However, the tough 14-3 loss against the Sharks ended the team’s streak but they didn’t let this hurt their momentum going into their next game against Nardin.

On Tuesday, May 1 the team traveled to Pierce Field to take on Nardin for the second and final time this season. SEM pulled off an overtime victory against the Gators when Zoe Knauss scored the game-winning goal on an eight-meter shot only a few minutes into overtime.

SEM’s most recent 13-5 victory came against St. Mary’s of Lancaster at Larkin Field on Friday, May 5 to award the team their fifth victory of the season.

Five games remain on the calendar for the Red Tailed Hawks facing Mount St. Mary Academy twice, Mount Mercy, Niagara Falls High School and Williamsville South.

“It’s definitely been my favorite season so far as we’ve all meshed together really well. We all get along and want to win,” said senior Brooke Pohlman. She continued, “It was a good feeling when I got my first goal of the season but for the team, the game against St. Mary’s of Lancaster stands out to me because we had low numbers, Sophia got a shutout and we were playing through lots of injuries. We pushed through and came out with a big win.”

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