New Hanover lacrosse squads hope they learned some lessons in losses to strong Cape Fear
Mon. March 18, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
Kenny Jarrett (left) tries to pass while Connor Paul defends as New Hanover High School hosts the Cape Fear Academy boys lacrosse team Monday, March 18, 2013. (Photo by Paul Stephen)
Monday was a tough night to endure for the New Hanover girls and boys lacrosse teams, as both suffered defeats at the hands of the Cape Fear Academy Hurricanes at Legion Stadium.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Lady Wildcats fell 10-6. The boys dropped the nightcap 10-5. Both teams now sit at 3-3 on the season.
But aside from the losses, both Wildcat squads are still talented, up-and-coming teams. Cape Fear Academy may serve as a nice measuring stick for the Wildcats, as the Hurricanes have sported one of the better lacrosse programs over the past few years.
“Basically, I’m finally starting to get freshmen, because the middle school programs are building in the area,” said New Hanover Coach Caitlin Cotter. “We’re finally getting freshmen that actually understand the game; we’re not teaching all the time.”
Cotter’s team has made the state playoffs the past three seasons, but if the Wildcats want to make it this year, they will have to be a little more consistent.
“We just have to come out with our heads on and ready to play,” said Cotter. “If we’re on, we’re on. And if we’re off, we’re off. So we need to get out of that. We need to play well every game. Even if we’re down we need to pick our heads up. That’s our biggest problem right now.”
For the New Hanover boys, who also made the state playoffs last season after years of mediocrity, head coach T.L. Hutchins says his team is right where they were last year. But they will have to be better to get back to the playoffs this year.
“We’re about where we were last year, said Hutchins. “But we’ve got to pick it up if we’re going to make the playoffs again. I think we got a little complacent in the offseason. We had the best season New Hanover ever had, and that made the guys think we were just automatically going to be better this year. We have to find a way to mature and play smart lacrosse.”
There’s still plenty of lacrosse left to be played, but in a tough conference like the Mideastern, Hutchins and the Wildcats know things aren’t going to get easier.
“I’d like to think we’re still in the hunt,” said Hutchins. “We have Ashley tomorrow, and they’re tough. I would definitely say we’re in the hunt. I wouldn’t say we’re behind anyone, but at the same time, we’re not ahead of anyone either.”