Lady Dolphins Remain Positive Despite First Defeat
The girls lacrosse team at Beach Channel/Channel View continues to be a squad in transition. Former stars for the Lady Dolphins have graduated after playing a huge role in the team winning consecutive PSAL titles in 2009 and 2010.
Lady Dolphins coach Sam Innes is counting on the majority of his team to make contributions this season.
Innes saw a lot of positives and negatives from his squad in the first game of the PSAL girls lacrosse season on Tuesday afternoon. Cardozo outscored hosts Beach Channel 7-2 in the second half to win 13-6 over Beach Channel.
The Judges had most of the possession in the second half as their offense blitzed the Lady Dolphins defense. Beach Channel had cut the deficit to 6- 5 on a goal early in the second half by midfielder Tierra Holmes.
Lady Dolphins goalie Tianna “Taco” Parkes and the defense couldn’t handle wave after wave of pressure. Devon Dinegar scored back to back goals to make it 8-5 Cardozo with 19:21 remaining in the second half. Lillina Zhang and Milana Larin each scored three goals.
Innes was impressed with the production from his experienced starting midfield. Seniors Courtney Gallagher, Tierra Holmes and Tabitha Rosario each scored a goal for the Lady Dolphins. Junior attacker Melisa Williams showed promise by scoring three goals.
“One thing I’m excited about is to see who will step up. Some girls stepped up,” Innes said. “Defensively we got a lot to work on. They straight outhustled us today. We made bad passes, bad decisions. We know what we need to work on.”
The team will need to improve on transition, and limiting the opposition to as a few shots as possible.
Winning this season will require a group effort in an increasingly competitive league with Curtis, Midwood, Carodoo and reigning champions Tottenville also contending for a title.
“We’re going to have work much harder as a group to step up. We need more people to step up, make play, make decisions,” Innes added.
“They are in the hot seat, maybe they hide or fade in the past, but that part is exciting to me that they get to step up.”
With the introduction of a junior varsity team this season, Innes won’t have as many issues in trying to get enough playing time for what was a large roster.
Those additions will help the Lady Dolphins in the next few years.
Gallagher says that there is still plenty of time to come together as a team with 13 games left in the regular season.
“We still have a lot of girls who are going to pick it up.
We have a lot of seniors that played last year and are getting better every day,” Gallagher said.
“We’ll pick it up.”