CRANSTON – The bar may not have been set very high for the Chariho boys lacrosse team in their inaugural season when it came to the numbers in the win-loss column, but that is not to say there is not a level of expectation put upon the players every time they step on the field.
The team may not have won a game in its first four tries this season but each time the Chargers took the field there was noticeable improvement, particularly on offense.
Chariho seemed to take a step back on Saturday afternoon, however, when they dropped a 10-3 decision to Cranston West at Cranston Stadium.
“Very frustrating,” was all Chariho coach Mike Foley was able to say about his team’s performance, both technically and tactically, after the loss.
With 2013 also marking the first season for the Cranston West program, the potential was there coming into the game for Chariho to continue to make strides.
It took just over a minute though, for West to get on the board as Richard D’Amico put away the first of his three first half goals and the Falcons’ offense ran with it from there.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the second quarter, not all hope was lost for Chariho as Mitch Renner got his team on the board 1:52 into the quarter to keep the Chargers within striking distance.
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the field continued, however, killing any chance at a Chariho rally.
D’Amico completed his hat trick two minutes later as part of three unanswered by West in the quarter for a 7-1 halftime lead.
The Chargers fared better in the second half with goals from Renner and Nick Cleary, but there was never any real threat to the Falcons’ lead.
While his offense struggled to produce, Foley did note that his defense preformed better than they have been and goalkeeper Andrew Hamilton – who finished with 13 saves – had one of his best games of the season.
“Andrew’s outstanding,” Foley said. “He does great. He can take a beating with the ball.”
As the team moves forward with their season one thing their coach is going to be looking for is better preparation and focus from his team between games.
While many players were new to the game coming into the season, that is no longer an excuse the coach is going to let his team use for their performance and inability to execute routine plays on the field.
“I’m not going with that,” Foley said. “[Cranston] is a first year team, too, that’s what’s so frustrating.
“[We] need to practice, you can see it… I think a lot of it is [mental focus].”
The Chargers (0-7, 0-5 D-III) will once again be in search of their first win this season today at 3:30 p.m when they travel to take on Coventry (4-1, 4-1 D-III).