Our Masuk Panthers went into Tuesday night’s girls’ lacrosse matchup versus the Newtown Nighthawks with their heads held high, adrenaline from their last victory still pumping through their veins. From the start, our Panthers knew it would be a challenge, and it certainly lived up to the hype of the rivalry game that it was. With only eight minutes left in the first half, our girls were leading the game 9-6, dominating with draw controls, offensive possessions, and back to back goals by the one and only Amelia Logan. The score stayed the same by the end of the first half, and unfortunately the score for the Panthers stayed pretty stagnant from this point forward. This scoring streak began to diminish as the second half commenced, and our girls could only score one goal the entirety of the second half.
The Panthers’ downfall may be due to senior captain Mary Henry’s recent knee injury, leaving her sideline bound for one of the most important games of the season. Co-captain Juliana Pagano discloses her views on the game, and states, “As a team we really needed to come together and play as one with Mary being out with her knee injury. We did that well in the first half that gave us our five goal lead. When the second half came we fell flat from the start and we couldn’t recover which is something we need to work on as a team as the seasons goes on.” Pagano leads the team with her second year as captain, and did her best to navigate the team through Tuesday’s tough battle. But, our Panthers fell just short with a final score of 15-10. The coaches and the team headed into Wednesday’s practice adamant on working out the kinks before Thursday’s away game against the New Fairfield Rebels. We wish our girls the best of luck and hope they can come out with the fire they were missing in the second half of Tuesday night’s game.