The Lake Forest Scouts Varsity girls lacrosse team had a tough stretch of games this past week playing Fenwick and their arch rival, the Stevenson Patriots. The Scouts, however, took on powerhouse Montini on March 23rd before spring break and proved that they can contend for a title this year.
The Scouts played Montini in nearly winter conditions and it almost kept them from playing the game. As the Scouts traveled on a long journey to Montini Catholic in horrible conditions, they gave a great effort against the Broncos despite all circumstances. The Scouts and the Broncos went back and forth in what was a 1 goal game midway through the second half. Then, the Broncos went on an offensive surge taking a 4 goal lead on four consecutive scores, but the game changed rapidly when the Scouts scored two goals in the final 2 minutes.
Although it was a great comeback, the Scouts didn’t have enough left in the tank to get over that hump to beat Montini. On a positive note, the Scouts were able to have an advantage in the draw circle, winning 10 of 18 draw possessions. It was a team effort when it came to scoring as 4 different players tickled the twine against a top 2 goalie in the state. The Scouts had some time off before they traveled to Fenwick High School to take on the Fenwick Friars. On April 8th, the Scouts were ready to go against a very good Fenwick team. Offensively, they were clicking on all cylinders as six players found the back of the net. Of the 14 goals, 10 were assisted which made LFHS Coach Catanzaro very happy.
The Scouts had 12 draw controls by their midfield, which gave them a great boost to score 14 goals. Fenwick, a usual overpowering offensive team was held to only 7 goals because of a very strong defensive effort. The team had 6 interceptions, 20 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers, and the Scouts goalie had 10 saves.
The Scouts came out victorious, but couldn’t celebrate for too long because they had their rival Stevenson on April 13th. The first conference battle for the Scouts couldn’t have gone any better, especially against their arch rival. This matchup was key for Lake Forest because it gave them a measuring stick of where they were early on in the season. Stevenson, the 2016 North Suburban Conference Champions, were taken down by the Scouts 14-4. The Scouts did not let up, continuing with their offensive scheme that proved to be successful so far this season, with seven different players contributing to the 11 assists and 14 goals.
Lake Forest defense’s prevailed against the Patriots on the defensive end also. They had 6 saves, 13 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers, and an interception. One of the key factors to the Scouts’ success was the ability to gain possession off the draw. The Scouts finished the contest with 12 draw controls in the game. Each of the three midfielders contributed on the draw circle adding to the draw count. Finally, with good weather the Scouts will take on Glenbrook South High School today at West Campus at 6:30.