Two games and Two wins so far this spring for the Narragansett girls lacrosse team, setting the tone for what is hopefully a strong season for the Mariners.
The 2012 campaign did not end as many Mariner fans had hoped but this season the team is looking to take the next step.
After finishing tied atop the Division II-South regular season standings with Tiverton at 12-2, Narragansett entered the playoffs as the second seed and heavily announced their presence with a 20-5 win over Mount St. Charles in the D-II quarterfinals.
That is where the highs of the season ended, however, as Narragansett went on to lose in the semifinals, dropping a 17-12 decision to Tiverton.
With the breaths of a new season comes new competition this spring as Narragansett moved from Division II to the newly reformed Division III.
A decision based more on school size than talent level, according to Mariners’ head coach Ken Andronowitz, there will be some familiar competition,
as well as some new foes as ‘Gansett will play in D-III South alongside Chariho, Westerly and Pilgrim.
With two games under their belt, the new division is treating the Mariners well, as they currently boast the league’s best record at 2-0.
After losing just two players to graduation last season, this year’s Mariners feature a strong core of veteran talent, which includes a senior class that is 11 players deep, six of whom start for Andronowitz.
The coach feels it is this depth and balance throughout his lineup that will be Narragansett’s greatest asset this spring, particularly on offense.
“Our whole starting line-up, including our defense, is capable of scoring,” Andornowitz said. “They have very good communication skills and they work well together.
“Our scoring distribution is pretty well across the board. We really emphasize team concept and team play. There is going to be no standout hero.”
That balanced attack has already been on display this season, as four players have contributed three or more goals in the team’s first two league victories, with Eily Sullivan setting the offensive pace with four goals and two assists.
While there will be no one player who garners all of the accolades, Andronowitz points to his four senior captains as the driving force behind his team.
Generally only allowed to have two team captains, the team petitioned to have that number increased to four as a way to honor the success of their top standouts.
Midfielder Chandler Lemay, forward Eliza DeCubellis, and defenders Victoria McGreen and Erica Andronowitz have all been four-year players on the varsity squad after coming up together though the North Kingstown youth program and are the core of the Mariners’ top line.
The quartet has helped develop a strong, tight-knit culture in the Narragansett locker room, a cohesion the team’s coach believes was the squads greatest asset coming off last year’s disappointment and into 2013.
“The girls themselves are motivated,” said Andronowitz. “Through the offseason, whenever [the coaches] ran into [the players], all they could say is how excited they were to play lacrosse. They treat each other like sisters and it really shows through on the field.”
After a 13-8 win in a non-league contest against the Rocky Hill School Monday, the Mariners will look to continue their run of perfect play in a pair of home games this weekend.
First, Narragansett will take on Warwick Veterans High School in another non-league match-up Saturday at 3:45 p.m., followed by a Sunday afternoon contest against Westerly also at 3:45 p.m.