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Everett girls lacrosse team completes first season with improved efforts

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Crimson Tide scores seven times against Malden on Senior Day, only to fall short by three goals

  The first-year Everett High School girls lacrosse team continued to display that competitive spirit, while also getting better every week, only to fall short once again in a game against visiting Malden on May 19, 10-7.

  “This was our Senior Day game,” said coach Christina Buckley. “Prior to the start of the game, we honored our six seniors – center Riley Avelar, attack wing Sophia Sousa, defender Julianna Edwards, defender Kamily Aguilar, attack Valanday Pierre and defensive wing Cristina Snook. Our underclassmen made signs to celebrate their accomplishments, and they also received flowers to handoff to their parents / family members for their support of them throughout the season. We will miss these girls tremendously next year, and wish them the best of luck.”

  It was then time to start the game against Malden, and as it turned out it was the team’s best effort of the season. They were credited with seven goals and 14 shots on net, certainly single-game high-water marks for this fledgling program. Center Riley Avelar led the way in points with two goals and two assists. Defensive wing Brigitte Reyes Cortez also scored twice. Attack Katherine Olivares Guzman maintained the script with two goals while smoothly cutting to the net. Riley Avelar assisted on both tallies. Defender Nicole Damaceno won a groundball battle on the defensive side of the field, and ran it all the way up the field to account for her first goal of the season.

  Fantastic defensive efforts were turned in by Julianna Edwards, Kamily Aguilar, Camille Camilo, Yasmine Linhares and Damaceno, according to Buckley, while goalie Khadija Aliane made 15 saves.

  “Even though we didn’t pull off the win, Coach Korb and I were beyond happy with the offensive and defensive efforts,” said Buckley.

  On May 22 against non-league host Lowell, things started off well for the Everett girls. “We gained possession on the first draw, and scored quickly within the first two minutes of the game,” Buckley said. “We then held the lead and kept the ball on their side of the field for the next five minutes, before Lowell tied it up.”

  The Everett girls scored again to take the lead back, but the home team wasted no time to get the equalizer. But in the final 10 minutes of the first half, the Tide started turning the ball over, and Lowell went on to net four unanswered goals to take a 6-2 halftime lead.

  “It then seemed like we were completely gassed in the second half,” said Buckley. “We only scored one additional goal, while Lowell tacked on six more to win the game, 12-3.”

  Freshman attack wing Amanda Verterio paced the attack against Lowell with two markers. Katherine Olivares Guzman accounted for the other tally to close out the team’s first-ever varsity campaign.

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