Defense helps girls lacrosse team compete in SWC tourney

Coach Rob Troesser talks strategy with the girls' lacrosse team during a game this spring.

Masuk High’s girls lacrosse team saw its South-West Conference title hopes end with a hard-fought 7-5 loss at top-seed Weston in the tournament’s semifinals on Monday night.

The fourth-seeded Panthers lost a one-goal lead with under 10 minutes remaining and could not get the offense it needed to reel in the Trojans.

Juliana Pagano scored two goals and Amelia Logan, Lilly Cameron and Sam Henry added a goal each. Masuk’s defense, anchored by senior captain Lauren Henry, held the Trojan offense to only 12 shots on goal. Sophie Clark had five big saves to keep the game within reach.

The Panthers advanced to the semifinal round by downing Stratford-Bunnell 12-2 last Thursday in the quarterfinals. Masuk’s defense was the story with almost a dozen takeaways on that side of the field.

The Panthers (13-3 overall) rank fifth in the Class M state rankings and will get back to game action in the state tourney’s first round, set for May 31.

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