April 11th, 2018

Jardina powers Valkyries past Bruins in BraveHeart

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Jardina powers Valkyries past Bruins in BraveHeart
The Bruins and Valkyries fight for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

If you haven’t heard of Sacred Heart’s Julia Jardina, don’t forget the name because the freshman will be around for a while.

Jardina scored six goals and had an assist to help host Sacred Heart cruise past Ballard 14-3 in the opening game of the BraveHeart Tournament Wednesday night.

“She’s quick off the foot,” Sacred Heart head coach Dennis Truman said. “Her first step can beat pretty much anybody. Her stick skills, she’s one of those girls that has her stick in her hands for three or four hours after practice every night and mom and dad have to call her inside to do her homework. She makes lacrosse a priority.”

The freshman recorded two goals in the first half and three in the second.

“It’s definitely a bit scarier playing at the high school level,” Jardina said. “I’ve learned that I may have to pass the ball a bit more. I’ve also gotten into the mindset where I need to be more aggressive and know that I can play at this level.”

Tara Johnson, who does the faceoff, went to Holy Trinity with Jardina.

“It’s exciting to have her out there,” Johnson said. “Our team is pretty young outside of four starters. I love being able to depend on her because I’ve never had a teammate that understood and knew where I was going to go with the faceoff.”

Maddie Landoch added three goals and an assist, Johnson had three goals, Sydney Wood finished with two goals and an assists, Lily Thornewill chipped in a goal and an assist, Lucy Hubbs recorded two assists, and Lily Terrell dished out one assist.

“I want to see us grow as a team,” Landoch said. “We’re playing a lot of teams that have really talented players. Something special that we have compared to our competition is that we truly play as a team and I think that will play to our advantage as the season wears on.”

For the first year head coach, Landoch is a blessing.

“Landoch is our leader,” Truman said. “She has been a starter here for four years. When I took the job last fall, Maddie was the first one that I had a connection with. Maddie takes care of anything and everything for me. She’s a great leader; her teammates respect her on and off the field.”

Ashley Osborne, Kate Woodhouse, and Ashley Williams had one goal apiece for Ballard.

The Valkyries (9-1) raced out to an 8-1 halftime lead and never led by less than seven goals in the second half.

“A lot of the girls made trips last week,” Truman said. “We had one practice but it was a little shaky. We wanted to get off to a quick start. We wanted to maintain possession and try to look for the fast break. We played them in a scrimmage before the season so we knew we had more speed than them.”

Sacred Heart fired 17 shots at Ballard goalkeeper Abi Waldron who made four saves.

The Bruins (5-3) attempted four shots with Valkyrie goalkeeper Caroline Tafel stopping two.

Scoring 10 goals was important for Sacred Heart as they will receive the maximum amount of points towards their pool play standing.

Had the Bruins held the Valkyries to less than 10 goals, three points would have been taken off their total.

The top two teams from each pool will advance to Sunday’s semifinal round with the title game scheduled for 3 p.m.

“There’s a lot more competition this year than my first three years,” Landoch said. “We’re going to have to be aggressive the next few days. We are going to have play as a team and work together to get back to the finals.”   

It’s a tournament important to Sacred Heart having won the past five BraveHeart championships after winning zero during the first six years of its inception.

“This is our home tournament and the biggest tournament field we have ever had at Sacred Heart,” Truman said. “What I did this year was try to bring in higher caliber teams. It’s going to be one heck of a run this year for us to win it again. The teams that are ranked No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 in the state are all in the tournament. We have to stay focused and play well the rest of the week and into the weekend.”

A pivotal pool play game against late year’s BraveHeart and state runner-up Eastern, Truman’s former team, lies ahead at 5 p.m. Thursday with their final pool play game against Cor Jesu Saturday.

Eastern defeated the Valkyries 9-4 back on March 13th. 


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