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Saint Mary’s lacrosse team grows, works together through tough schedule

When the Saint Mary’s lacrosse team takes the field Wednesday to face Northside, it will be the Saints’ fourth game of the month and second since April 3.

Having roughly 10 days between each of its last two games is a test for the team in a sport that runs off of momentum, coach Megan Powell said.

“It’s very much taking responsibility for this team (during the break),” Powell said. “These are the times that really test us as a team. It’s at this time when the captains really step up and an make effort to make sure that everyone is consistently representing the team well, both in decisions off the field and on the field.

“If we’re going to maintain this competitive program, you have to exercise. you have to get a stick in your hand. You can’t just go to the beach for a week or go visit colleges for the week — while that is good — and forget about the varsity sport that you are playing.”

The Saints are 2-4 this season, edging opponents in the team’s two wins by one and two points.

Fewer than half of the teams players are returners from last season’s varsity team.

“As a team collectively we really need to play to each others’ strengths and then help to compensate for each others’ weaknesses. ... The girls throughout the season have really matured in their game sense,” Powell said. “We’ve got a very young team. We graduated eight seniors last year and seven or eight were starters throughout the season, so these girls have a lot of shoes to fill — not just big ones, but a lot of them. It’s been really nice to see the freshmen really step up and fill these voids that were left from the past season.”

The team stayed composed earlier this month in a lopsided 16-3 loss against 2013 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship runner-up Durham Academy.

“They’ve done a great job even in this game, as tough as it was for us as a team, to keep their heads up and play consistently,” Powell said. “Leaving it all out on the field is all we can ask for.”