By Joe Naiman
Although the Ramona High School’s girls lacrosse games played the week after Spring Break were losses for the Bulldogs, the scores were closer than the girls’ matches just prior to the school break.
Ramona’s three losses prior to Spring Break were by a combined total of 28 goals with the closest margin being seven goals. Ramona’s next three defeats were by a cumulative 14 goals with no opponent outscoring the Bulldogs by more than five.
The Bulldogs’ first match following an 18-5 home loss to Poway March 29 was a 10-6 loss April 9 at Mt. Carmel.
“I think we passed a little more and we were able to have better shot placement,” said co-captain Ashley Wright.
Wright noted that the Bulldogs had a better showing in the second half against the Sundevils.
“We were more focused on the game the second half,” she said.
Lack of focus may have been Ramona’s undoing April 11 at Serra, when the Bulldogs took a less-than-serious attitude during pre-game practice.
“In warm-ups we need to focus some more,” Wright said. “The first half I feel we weren’t ready to play.”
Ramona closed the gap during the second half, although the Conquistadors still ended the game on the favorable end of the 14-9 score.
San Marcos traveled to Ramona for an April 12 match and returned with a 12-7 victory.
“We didn’t play that well,” Wright said. “We could have played a lot better.”
Some of Ramona’s play was an improvement from past games.
“We were passing the ball a lot better than we have been and we were connecting,” Wright said.
“We weren’t catching the ball when we were going to goal,” said Wright. “We need to work on cuts and just catching the ball in general.”
Mt. Carmel and San Marcos are Valley League opponents, so the losses gave Ramona a 1-4 league record along with a 4-9 overall mark. The Bulldogs have a Valley League match Friday at San Dieguito Academy.