Spirits were high as the Summit High girls' lacrosse team closed out its season at home Saturday morning.
"The season went pretty well. We had a tough start losing players to injuries, but we had a lot of players step it up to help take over those spots. They tried really hard," said head coach Kristin Elliott.
The Lady Tigers lost the final game to Colorado Academy, 20-6. Goal scorers included Kates Raymond, Madi Grosshvesch, Ivy Marshall and Emily Bilenduke. The team finished with a record of 4-10 on the season.
"The defense talked a lot with the man down. We really communicated well," said senior captain Tayla Reller. "I think we played really well, and it was a fun last game."
Marshall accepted some of the responsibility for the loss, as her two yellow cards put her out of game, and the Lady Tigers had to play a man down in the second half.
"That obviously hurt the team, playing a man down," Marshall said. "They weren't the smartest plays on my part. But the defense played really hard being a man down."
The team improved on a variety of skills, such as shot placement, draw control and ground balls, this season, the coach said.
"In a couple of the games, we lost focus and intensity, but overall it was a really fun season," Reller said.
Graduating captain Marshall, who will be playing D1 ball at the University of Detroit Mercy next year, led the team in goals scored, followed by sophomore Raymond. The team is losing nine senior girls to matriculation.
The team expects to get Chelsea Christianson, who was out due to injury, back in goal. This season's keeper, Rachel Lawlis, is set to graduate.
"Those couple games that we got the JV girls in there, they played really well. It's going to be tough to lose all nine of these seniors," Elliot said.