Beverly girls coach Alyson Healy was concerned about her team’s inexperience during the preseason, but the young Panthers have already made big strides early in the season.
Healy’s club is off to a 4-1 start, with its only loss coming at the hands of Danvers.
“I felt early on that we had plenty of girls that could put the ball in the net and the first couple of games we’ve been able to do that. But there’s a lot of stuff that the young players have to get accustomed to,” Healy said. “Not knowing how quick the learning curve would be, so far, so good. Every game they’ve definitely stepped up and worked hard and it’s very encouraging to see that.”
So far, Healy has split the goaltending between freshman Catherine Cross and junior Kyra Wolonsavich.
“It’s been working out. Catherine is a freshman but she’s been playing (lacrosse) a couple years now and Kyra is brand new to the game,” Healy said. “They both have been doing really well splitting halves, so we’re going with that for right now.”
With Cross and Wolonsavich playing well in the net, the Beverly offense has been relying on Camden Vitale. So far through five games, Vitate has 17 goals for the Panthers.
“She’s always been a key offensive player for us, and she does a lot of things in all three zones,” Healy said. “She’s definitely finding the back of the net this year and kind of taking the pressure off the other players, as well.”
After the Danvers boys defeated Peabody Thursday, Falcons’ coach Tim Murphy spoke about lacrosse players, coaches and teams all coming from the same family. That came on the heels of a touching moment before the game, when the Peabody team presented Danvers with a donation to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Fund.