By Joe Naiman
Ramona High’s girls lacrosse team defeated Francis Parker High School after losses to San Dieguito and Valley Center.
The first week of games for the lacrosse team included losses by margins of 10 and 11 goals along with one win. During the second week of contests, March 17-21, the losses were by smaller margins.
Ramona’s March 17 game was a 13-8 loss to San Dieguito Academy on the Mustangs’ field.
“It was nice because it was a much more competitive game,” said assistant coach Al Cavell.
Five players scored for the Bulldogs. Ashley Wright placed three shots into the net. Kelsey Nowakowski scored two goals. Selina Guerrero, Lara Igbekele, and Emily Kramer each added 1 point to the scoreboard.
Ramona’s junior varsity, which was held scoreless in its March 10 and March 14 games, scored against San Dieguito. The 14-4 loss included two goals apiece by Chiara Mattern and Alyxis Trampus.
“It was nice. That was the first time that the girls got goals,” Cavell said.
The matches against San Dieguito were the Valley League openers for Ramona’s varsity and JV teams. The Mustangs will travel to Ramona for an April 2 rematch.
“We’re looking forward to playing them again,” Cavell said.
Only the varsity played March 19 when Ramona hosted Valley Center in a league match. The Jaguars left with a 12-9 victory.
“We were excited because Valley Center’s a really tough program,” Cavell said. “Our goal is to stay competitive, and we did.”
Kramer, Nowakowski, and Wright each had three goals against Valley Center.
On March 21 the Bulldogs traveled to Francis Parker High School.
Ramona’s varsity built an 11-1 halftime lead, allowing for the Bulldog reserves to receive second-half playing time. The final score was 13-7.
“It was nice to get a win,” Cavell said.
Wright led the Bulldogs with six goals, Nowakowski placed five balls into the net, and Kramer and Kristyn Hietala each scored once.
The junior varsity game ended in a 7-7 tie.
Mattern scored five times against the Lancers while Trampus had the other two goals.
The Bulldogs will travel to Santana High School for Friday’s game.