Defense Earns Win for Boys’ Lacrosse

Ava Charlesworth, Staff Writer

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Turning the tide after a series of losses against rival Miramonte, boys’ lacrosse beat the Matadors 14-11 on February 22.

“Going into a rivalry game you never know what to expect,” said senior goalie Matt Gagan. “It’s like everyone’s skills are heightened.”

However, according to senior John Cirelli, prior to the match the team was confident it would play with better unity.

And so it did, with junior Jean Luc Axelrode and senior Hunter Coakley scoring 1 goal each within the 1st 7 minutes.

The Matadors fought back however, eventually moving ahead 5-4 with just a minute left in the 1st half.

In that final minute of the half Cirelli managed to score, tying the game as the halftime horn sounded.

The 2nd half went back and forth until the Cougars scored 3 consecutive goals to pull away.

According to Coakly, it was the Cougar’s defense that contributed to the win. “We have really been emphasizing a strong [defense] this year,” he said.

“They definitely came out strong in the 1st half, but it really came down to our defense and the last 5 minutes of the game,” added Gagan.

 

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Ava Charlesworth, Staff Writer

Senior Ava Charlesworth spends most of her free time making a difference in her community. Aside from being a president for Campolindo's Project Open Hands club, Charlesworth has also been volunteering with the Special Olympics for the past 6 months, helping coach special needs children in softball.

When she was in middle school, Charlesworth had classes with special needs children and "noticed that they were capable of doing more tasks than they were given credit for." It was through these interactions that she decided to help others.

"I grew up with a boy named Tyler, who was one of my classmates," added Charlesworth. "I could see how capable he was of participating in sports, and how much he wanted to be included."

This year, Charlesworth will help lead Project Open Hands in planning its 3 annual events: a Halloween carnival in the fall, a basketball event in the winter, and a baseball event in the spring. Anyone can attend the events, which are organized to cater to special needs children and adults.

"There's no special ed program at Campo, so it's important that our community includes everyone and learns how to interact with one another," Charlesworth said.

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Defense Earns Win for Boys’ Lacrosse