The girls lacrosse teams at Wilson and Field are two of the newer programs in the area — both looking to create a path for more schools to buy into the sport, while simultaneously trying to catch up to long established programs.
Along the way, Wilson and Field have become rivals. Their level of play is generally close, creating competitive games that bring out intensity from both squads. On Thursday, the Tigers won the latest chapter of the rivalry by thrashing the Falcons 11-5.
“Whenever we play Field, we have a pretty good game,” Wilson midfielder Lidia Solorzano said. “They play a super clean game. For as long as I can remember, everyone looks forward to the Field game.”
On Thursday, the game was initially close as the Tigers held a 5-3 lead with 22 seconds to go in the first half. That’s when they seized the momentum. Senior midfielder Anna Joos grabbed a draw and raced through the Falcons’ defense for a goal just before halftime.
“I knew that we didn’t have that much time left and I saw a lane down to goal, and I made the goal,” said Joos.
That play increased the lead to 6-3 and gave the Tigers a boost they would use to turn the game into a blowout.
“Usually the second half isn’t really our strong point, but we ended the first half strong and it carried over,” said Tigers coach Jessica Zenzel.
The Tigers went on to outscore the Falcons 5-2 in the second half, playing a lot of different athletes to keep everyone energized.
“I tried to make sure that everyone got in so we would have fresh legs on the field,” Zenzel said. “I told the girls the ball moves faster when we pass it than when we run.”
Wilson’s offensive burst was led by Joos, who finished the game with three goals and three assists, and senior Perri Hollar also stood out with two goals.
Meanwhile, senior goalie Joe’lle Frett was a force between the pipes, making three saves. “She is really strong and athletic. She is a well-rounded good athlete,” said Zenzel.
Overall, Wilson has posted a strong season, Zenzel’s second at the helm.
“We have had a decent year,” said Hollar. “More recently we have tried to focus on the team dynamic, and it’s helped. We have been encouraging each other.”
The Tigers and Falcons could battle once more this season when they play in Field’s postseason tournament, which gives several local schools without a conference a chance to play for bragging rights.
“Last year we didn’t win,” Joos said. “Everyone that we play in that tournament is about our skill level, and we want to go into it and have a good showing.”