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Paly girls lacrosse season recap

Girls lacrosse took on a strong season, working hard in daily practices and fighting for ground balls at every game

Paly girls lacrosse placed 27th in California Coast Section overall, beating 5 of the 7 teams in the league. They held a strong fight against strong competitors like Gunn and Los Gatos, pushing themselves on all sides of the field. 

With many underclassmen joining the team this season, the girls started off a bit rocky as they had to train multiple new players. Returning varsity players like Charlotte Barclay helped teach these new girls plays and cheers. 

“I loved this season and had so much fun bonding with the upperclassmen before they leave for college,” Barclay said.

In the upcoming season, many spots will need to be filled by eager younger athletes. Paly is saying goodbye to 9 senior lacrosse players.

Senior Katie Yen is sad to say goodbye to a team she has spent four years playing for. From beginning lacrosse as the only freshmen on varsity to shifting around coaches in her third year, Yen understands the importance of community engagement in a sport.

“I felt so close to all of my teammates this year and really tried to soak up our final year together,” said Yen. “I am especially grateful for Ana Flooks and Shannon Francis, the coaches who made me passionate about Paly Lax.” 

Another beloved senior, Jessi Slafsky, is going to miss the fun of lacrosse. As a double sport athlete, Slafsky ran onto the field right after a competitive Wrestling season. Slafsky chose to finish her Paly athletic career scoring dimes on the lacrosse field.

“I had a really fun season with the team and I loved watching everyone improve and connect on the field,” Slafsky said. 

Although the girls might not have won all of their games, they truly improved on working as a team and collaborating. 

“We started off as individual players and evolved into a cohesive team,” Yen said. “We really improved, which was awesome to be a part of.”

This was an amazing season to cover, and as graduating seniors, the writers wish girls lacrosse the best of luck in the upcoming seasons.

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About the Contributors
Eliza Gaither
Eliza Gaither, Creative Director
I am the senior, Creative Director on Viking Magazine. I've played water polo and lacrosse at Paly, and surf and ski in my free time. I love reporting on political and social issues within the sports world and am passionate about our strong sports program here at Paly.
Avery Reller
Avery Reller, Social Media Manager
Hi my name is Avery and I play lacrosse for Paly. I also love to ski! My favorite sports to watch on TV are basketball and football. A fun fact about me is that I can do a triple 360 backflip while skiing.
Aspen Stitt
Aspen Stitt, Managing Editor
Hi my name is Aspen Stitt and I am a senior at Paly and the Managing Editor of Viking!! I play lacrosse and field hockey and a fun fact about me is that I love to ski in the snow! I can do a backflip on skis and I am also on the ski team. Zach Bryan is my fav and country music is the bomb! My favorite food is Korean corn dogs. Follow me on Instagram and add me on snap linked below ;)

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