By Stefanie Kilnapp
Rocky River High School’s girls lacrosse team played its third game of the season last Thursday, defeating Kenston 7-6, securing the Pirates’ first win of 2013.
Senior Maddie Russell scored four goals, freshman Elyse Riemenschneider scored two and senior Chaffy Assad had one.
“I think (the key players) starts with the goalkeeper Sara Conelly, (she has) very quick hands and is continually improving,” Pirates head coach Michael Worrall said. “She’s a relatively new girl as it goes so credit there. Our three captains, Katie Kocher, Hallie McCue and Maddie Russell are our key and the foundation of our team and our offensive line. Chaffy, in terms of her ability to settle to ball and give guidance to our younger offensive, because we have a couple freshmen (Riemenschnieder and Chiviles) playing in attack for us.”
Worrell is in his first year at the helm of the Rocky River program and he brings a lot of expertise with him. He has played professionally for three seasons on the England Lacrosse Senior Men’s team from Manchester, and was a varsity letterman and team captain at Nottingham University’s lacrosse team as well.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be the head coach of Rocky River High School and they’re great kids,” he said. “The girls are wonderful to work with. I’m excited to see what we can achieve this season with the progression we’ve already made.”
After the win over Kenston the girls are at 1-2, but the team is not looking to the past.
“I’m not somebody who is particularly interested in history,” Worrell said. “We’re looking to take the program forward in terms of making it have excellence and basics of how to handle the balls and raising the girls lacrosse I.Q., so if they choose to play lacrosse at a higher level or in college they have found the ingredients here and tools to go forward.
“Our strength is that we have a lot of great athletes in our program and our areas to improve are definitely going to be our overall ability to handle the ball on the move in quick plays of lacrosse,” he added. “I think, ultimately, another strength of ours is that we have some good leaders in our team. I think that helps when we have a young inexperienced squad. The overall goal is to continually keep progressing in our lacrosse ability, and when playoffs start, play as hard as we can and see where we finish up. We’re looking to peak in terms of our performance come playoffs time.”
See the rest of the varsity lacrosse previews in the 4/17/13 sports archives