Kits host unpredictable Patriots tomorrow


Abby Baum

Junior Charley Rees goes after a ground ball against Northside College Prep on March 18

Girls lacrosse will take on the Stevenson Patriots at 11 a.m. tomorrow. “We haven’t played Stevenson in a couple years,” said Coach Sarah McKenna. “They are new to our schedule this year so it should be an interesting game.” Regardless, McKenna feels confident that the team will pull out a W against Stevenson “By this point in the season we will have hit our stride,” added McKenna. All parts of the team should be working together.” After Stevenson, the girls host Lane Tech on Monday at 6:15 pm. The team expects victory as they have beaten the Indians in the past two seasons. Then, the squad seeks revenge against GBN at home next Wednesday, April 2, at 6:30 pm. Last season, the Kits fell to the Spartans in a heartbreaker losing 14-18 but playing a tight game throughout. “It could have gone either way,” said McKenna. “We are hoping to come out with a win this year,” said McKenna. This year, 11 more girls tried out for the team compared to last season. McKenna loves to see this as she always wants the program to grow. “We are excited about our growing numbers,” said McKenna. “We lost seven varsity starters last year so we have a lot of spots to fill.” Losing seniors means that an abundance of underclassmen are on varsity this year. The team still has great chemistry none the less. “My favorite thing about lacrosse is how everyone is so accepting and welcoming and how we all share each others success,” said Beth Parcell, sophomore. “Last year no one made me feel awkward or left out for being a youngster. I was able to look up to the upperclassmen. They all pushed me to play my best.” Last year, the team fell in the sectional semis to Barrington. According to McKenna, it was the best season in six or seven years. She still hopes the girls will continue the upward trend this year and place top 15 in the state. “We are really aiming to keep improving and continue to move up in rank and work towards winning a championship in the coming years,” said senior captain Eileen Conroy. “The ETHS lacrosse program has a lot of potential and we want to show the Evanston community that.” Other players can sense the team moving in the right direction. “So far we are off to a good start. Just like last year we have an awesome team dynamic, and with a solid group of returning players to mentor the new girls,” said senior captain Joan Gibbons. “I can already tell it is going to be a great season.”