BRISTOL - Some programs develop quicker than others and for the St. Paul girls lacrosse team that may be an understatement.
In just the third season since starting up the girls lacrosse program at the school, the improvement has been astounding.
After their 12-10 win against Watertown, the Falcons have beaten every team in their conference and currently boast a 10-5 record.
“I am extremely happy with how our season has been going,” Falcons first-year head coach Elaine Bowman said. “We have grown and improved from every game and practice and the girls have continued to work hard. We have a lot of heart and the team strives to learn and get better every day. It has been awesome to see their hard work pay off in some great wins against some really good teams.”
It only took six games for St. Paul to match its season-best win total of four games, set last season.
After matching that mark, it didn’t take the Falcons long to exceed it. In St. Paul’s next game against Bristol co-op it added to it with an 11-8 win over Bristol.
Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the strong junior class made up of Emma Cretella, Madelyn Corey, Gabrielle Bernier, Carolyn Del Debbio, Catherine Ciampi, Ashley Suzio and Addison Davis.
Cretella (33 goals), Ciampi (20) and Suzio (16) are three of the team’s top four leading goal scorers.
“Our juniors are the backbone of our team and comprise most of our starters,” Bowman said.
With the juniors set to return for another season next year and a star freshman in Greta Panke (26 goals), the team’s second leading scorer, the future is bright.
But looking forward to next season isn’t on St. Paul’s agenda just yet.
The Falcons are currently ranked sixth in Class S and with one game remaining (Bristol co-op) on their schedule they will look to continue to make strides with before the first postseason appearance in the program’s brief history. St. Paul wants more than just an appearance in the tournament.
“Our hope is that we can pick up [another win] this week and maybe even pick up a win in our first state tournament,” Bowman said.
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