April 20th, 2017
Rockets cruise past Collins in Braveheart Tourney
Assumption’s lacrosse team walloped Collins 13-2 in a Braveheart Tournament Red Bracket game at Sacred Heart Thursday night.
“One of the themes they came themselves is that they want to go all out, all game,” Assumption head coach Jason Curran said. “That has been their slogan and that’s what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to play as hard as they can in every game, not just certain games. We want to make it to state and make it past the first round.”
Shelby Wuest led the Rockets (7-2) with four goals, Nicole Hughes added three goals, Ally Denham and Lauren Ozier both recorded two goals, and Jessie Grieve and Riley Newman each had one goal.
“We were looking for the open man and setting up plays for our teammates,” Wuest said. “We were doing a good job of moving the ball down the field and getting the ball to open people.”
Sarah Stratton scored both of Collins (2-5) goals.
“We really worked as a team and were did a lot in transition,” Hughes said. “That got us the ball and then on offense we were using our stick skills.”
Morgan Miller stood in the goal for the Rockets and allowed both goals in the second half.
The Rockets stormed out of the gates and built a 9-0 halftime lead. Wuest led with four goals, Ozier had two goals, Hughes, Newman, and Grieve each recorded one goal.
“As far as leadership goes, Jessie (Grieve) really stands out this year,” Curran said. “Our four captains – Ireland (Dollar) and Megan (Findlay) on defense – and then Shelby Wuest even though she’s not a captain – a lot of the girls on offense lean to her.”
Denham and Hughes scored two goals apiece in the second half to finish up the scoring.
“I think our theme this year has been to work as a team,” Hughes said. “We like to pass the ball around rather than hold the ball.”
It’s the Rockets fourth straight win.
“We have a lot more experience than last year’s team,” Curran said. “What we started last year has created a much better team this year. I have 10 seniors and they know a lot of what they’re doing and they’re helping the young players.”
The Rockets finished pool play with a 3-0 record having beaten North Oldham 10-3 earlier in the night and South Oldham 15-3 Wednesday.
“We need to work on playing harder the whole time,” Wuest said. “I think we play very well at the beginning in the first half and then we are hyped if we’re ahead at the half or we’re really down. I think we need to play through those situations.”
Assumption advances to tournament play and will play in a semifinal game at 12 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart. A win would put the Rockets in the title game at 2 p.m.
“We have to work on our shot selection,” Curran said. “We kept shooting in the same place over and over again. We have had some games where we move it around but then we go back to our tendencies. And then we have to communicate better on defense. We seem to do well but we aren’t talking enough.”