EAST GREENWICH—There has been quite the tradition of girls lacrosse at East Greenwich High School of late.
After two straight trips to the Division I semifinals, the Avengers have become a force in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
Off to a perfect 4-0 start following Tuesday night’s 20-11 win over South Kingstown, it appears as though there was a seamless transition from last year.
That being said, not everything is the same as it was last season.
With a new slate of games to play and a new head coach, things are starting fresh this spring for East Greenwich.
After spending the early part of the 2000s coaching at the Rocky Hill School, Karen Lemont has returned from her coaching hiatus to takes over the coaching duties at EG.
Though she plans to build upon the winning tradition she has taken over, she is taking nothing for granted so far this season.
“Since I am brand new this year I don’t have a lot to say about past years,” Lemont said. “We’re starting with a clean slate.
“There was already a lot of talent, a lot of young players that have come up and [they have] enthusiasm and love for the game. As far as past wins, I’ve heard some great things about them, but we’re focused on right now.”
As evident by their win on Tuesday over South Kingstown, much of that base Lemont has to build upon centers around the Avengers offense and more specifically, Marielle Kraft.
The senior captain has already established herself as one of the state’s most dangerous scorers over the past four years but Tuesday’s performance was flat out impressive.
The senior forward tortured the Rebel defense on her way to an unbelievable 10-goal outburst.
“Very strong game knowledge, very aggressive,” said Lemont of her senior star. “Never gives up, always knows where to be. Just one of those players who is a dream to coach.”
Kraft, however, is not alone on the offensive charge. Aiding her in the effort is fellow senior Roxanne Comito and juniors Emma Falkenberry and Carolyn Cruise as the trio combined to score nine of the Avs remaining 10 goals.
With multiple scoring options up front, the Avengers have a depth on their roster that Lemont feels will be the team’s greatest asset as the season continues.
“They just really have a sense of where to be on the field,” Lemont said, “and it’s just beautiful to watch.”
Despite all their talent, experience and early season success, Lemont is trying to keep things in check so that her team doesn’t get too far ahead of itself.
“They are fantastic when it comes to communication and advanced playing because their skills are strong,” she said, “but really it comes down to the basics.”
East Greenwich will look to continues its success today at 3:30 p.m. when it takes on Bay View.
The matchup against the Bengals marks the beginning of the crossover portion of the Avengers’ schedule as four of their next five games will be against Division I-North.