Girls Lacrosse prepares for CIF games, practices hard

The MC Girls Varsity Lacrosse team is going to CIFs this weekend and the first game will be either against Hilltop or Francis Parker. Senior Kelsie Holman is looking forward to her last CIF games.

“I’m actually feeling pretty confident,” Holman said. “I think we have a good chance to make it to the semis and possibly the finals.”

This is not the first time the team is going to CIFs. The girls’ lacrosse team went to CIFs last year and made it to the quarter finals. While the CIFs aren’t Senior Anna Terzian’s main focus, she is still excited for it.

“Actually, honestly I wasn’t looking forward to CIFs [during the season], I was just trying to play well at every game and not looking too far ahead,” Terzian said. “I hope that we try our best and work well as a team and you know, make good, smart decisions during game time.”

The team has six seniors, and recently had Senior Night, which Terzian and Holman both enjoyed.

“It was really fun,” Holman said. “Our underclassmen really did appreciate us and I love them.”

In addition, there are also freshmen on the varsity team. Freshman Marissa MaCrae will be going to the CIFs for the first time.

“I’m excited,” MaCrae said. “I feel like we have a very good chance of winning. I want to win CIF and keep our league champs patch.”

The team will only be playing against teams in their league, which means there won’t be the threat from some former opponents.

“[The biggest challenge this season was] Probably facing non-league teams, like Westview and Poway,” Holman said. “Their teams are really tough and they’re a higher division than we are, so those are hard games,” Holman said. “There’s a few good teams [in the league], like we’ll be playing against Cathedral and possibly CCA so that’s going to be tough.”

The team has been preparing for the CIFS, which includes putting more hours of practice.

“We’ve been doing a lot of running and agility training to help us keep up with other teams and it’s been helping us a lot,” MaCrae said. “We had a lot of passing drills and ground ball drills.”

These drills are helping improve on some weak points for the team and individuals.

“For our team, our biggest challenge is just winning the draws and keeping it on our side,” MaCrae said. “For myself I guess it would be getting the ground balls.”

MaCrae and the others are optimistic about their team and the upcoming CIFs.

“We have a lot of speed,” MaCrae said. “We’re very good at doing transitions, and we play smart.”