After entering Tuesday night with an 11-game winning streak to its name, Southington girls lacrosse will look to shake off a tough 10-9 loss to Farmington Tuesday with tough competition ahead of it before the postseason starts.
A hard-fought battle Tuesday saw Southington control the tempo of the game early and hold Farmington at bay, but a run of three straight goals from the River Hawks saw them pull a second-half deficit back before finding an equalizing score with just over a minute remaining in the game.
A faceoff win led to Farmington having control first in overtime, leading to it scoring in the first 32 seconds of play to seal a win.
Southington head coach David Sargent said Farmington wasn’t a shock, and knew it would be a big game for his team as the season winds down.
“We were in a great position in the league with only one loss, and with Farmington, Glastonbury and Simsbury to finish … It was a good game,” said Sargent. “We knew they were a great team and we got exactly what we expected. A really tight game and up-and-down the whole way. … We thought we would be right where we were and it just didn’t end up going our way (Tuesday).”
Farmington was coming off a 9-8 win over RHAM last Friday. The Red Hawks’ schedule has seen them go on an impressive run in terms of outscoring opponents, running up a 60-23 goals for to goals allowed ratio.
The margin happened through the month of April where Farmington got out to a 5-0 start to the season. It now sits at 18-5 following Tuesday’s victory.
Southington itself has flexed its offensive prowess. Since its 13-10 loss April 16 to Conard, Southington has outscored opponents 132-62 (excluding Tuesday’s game), all of which ended in a win.
The offense that has helped put Southington in a good position come postseason time wasn’t anything Sargent was upset about Tuesday as much as it was Farmington keeper Lindsay Hillemeir standing on her head to make saves.
“We have great offense. You look at the way we’ve been scoring the ball, our strongest players, a lot of them are down in that end,” said Sargent. “… The goalie made some really nice saves there. … I was happy with the way our offense was playing all game long.”
With the offense rolling, Sargent said his team is right where they need to be and that noise will be made when it matters most.
“This is a young team that’s grown from Day 1,” said Sargent. “… We’ve had some ups and downs this season and found some ways to win and I expect that to continue as we go into the next two games. You don’t win 11 straight if you’re not a really good team. We’re going to make some noise, … and it’s going to be fun.”
Next up for Southington is Simsbury, which will be a road contest at Holden Field at 6 p.m. Following the contest the next day is a home bout against Glastonbury, which is awaiting finalized details as of Wednesday evening.
Simsbury currently sits at 10-2, and will have two home contests before it finishes its season against Southington. Glastonbury is 9-3 as of Wednesday evening and will end their season on the road against Southington.
Neither records include Wednesday night’s (5/19) finals.
The next few days will be prep and rest for Southington, who will make a push for a favorable seed in the opening round of the CIAC girls lacrosse playdowns. The opening round comes Friday, May 28.
“We’re going to be resilient. … Their makeup is there. Great senior leadership, great coaches, … we’re going to get back to what we’re doing,” said Sargent. “The Glasbonbury game (got rescheduled), that gives us a few extra days to breathe. … You get knocked down sometimes, but you’ve got to get back up. I know this team and our makeup. We’ll stand right back up and get back at it.”