Checking in on Hart Lacrosse

Hart varsity girls’ lacrosse had their first game of the season February 14, against Westridge High School. The score was close, with Hart losing by only one point, 11-12. The girls have played against many skilled teams so far in their season, both outside and in Santa Clarita. They played two tournament games in Santa Barbara March 11. Hart’s first win was against La Canada High School, March 17, with a final score of 12-7. 

The girls’ team also officially started their league games, first going against Saugus March 22, in which Saugus won 9-6. The girls’ first game against West Ranch was March 27, and the Wildcats won 17-6. They played Valencia March 29, with Valencia winning 12-7. 

There are two more games left in the season, against Saugus and Valencia. Playing against Valencia may be a particular challenge because of their successful girls’ team, but Hart is ready to take them on again.

Hart girls’ lacrosse has been working especially hard this season since there are limited players on the team. There are 12 players on the field during a game, including the goalie. The highest number of players playing for Hart at a game have been 17, though most games they have to manage with around 14 players. At some games, there has only been one substitute available for the team, so all the girls tend to play without many (or any) breaks. What’s more, many of the teams they play are in the higher California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) divisions. Despite this, they are excited for the chance to play this season, and give it their all when they’re on the field. 

“My favorite part about season has been making new friends and getting to grow with my team. I love being able to practice and play with these amazing girls,” said varsity player Sara Dadlani.

Hart’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team have been exceptionally well this season, bringing home several wins. Like the girls’ varsity team, the boys’ first league game was against Saugus, though it started a month earlier in February. 

“Our most notable scores are from our games against Millikan, Crescenta Valley and West Ranch, all games that went into overtime,” said the boys’ varsity team captain Ethan Capalad. 

The boys’ won against Millikan High School with a score of 10-9, and also won against Crescenta Valley with a score of 12-11. West Ranch won the game 11-10, though Hart’s ready to take them on during their next game, and beat them for the first time ever. 

Hart boys’ lacrosse took on Castaic April 12. They play again April 19 against West Ranch, and April 26 against Valencia, which they are especially looking forward to. The West Ranch game is also their senior night.

“I am very optimistic for the rest of our season. We have a new, amazing coaching staff that has done their best to prepare us for any opponent that comes our way. Everyone has been hard at work at practice, everyone is stepping up to do their part for the team,” said Capalad.