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April 25, 2013

Lacrosse: Windham girls tearing it up

Windham tearing up Division 3 opposition

Windham girls lacrosse is in just its third varsity season but already the Jaguars are the powerhouse of Division 3.

Last year’s team went 18-0 and won the Division 3 state title. This year’s quad is 6-0 after graduating six seniors.

“We have a great (Windham) youth program in lacrosse and great coaches for the youth,” sophomore star Courtney Sweeny said. “They have us as high schoolers go down to help them and they get to see how we play. So they are ready coming into high school. And our school is just really close, too. So it’s a lot easier for the freshmen to come up and get along with the team.”

Sweeny is part of Windham’s tremendous offensive attack that also includes sophomore Ali Connors and junior Melissa Cino.

Through the first four games, Connors had 20 goals and nine assists, Cino 17 goals and 33 assists and Sweeny 19 goals and 17 assists.

Cino posted 150 points (55 goals, 95 assists) last year while Sweeny had 138 points (62 goals, 76 assists) and Connors tallied 56 goals.

But it’s not just those three young stars. Nine different Jaguars scored in a 21-1 victory over Pelham on April 11.

“We have a huge variety of skill sets,” Sweeny said. “We don’t have a lot of weak spots on our team. We make sure we work it around. We have a team goal that we have 80 percent (assisted goals) ... instead of one person running down the field and trying to score.”

Head coach Jill Bartlett has done a tremendous job with the program.

“If you’re having a bad day, she has us talk about it so we can just focus on lacrosse (at practice) instead of what happened during school,” Sweeny said. “She’s just great. She has great drills that are meant to (review) game plays so we know what’s coming at us.”

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