On this day, the Indians' spirits are what prevailed.
In their 11-9 loss, the senior players were recognized for their overall contributions they made throughout their years in PV's girls lacrosse program. Those seniors are Olivia Tytla, Shannon Culloo, Ally Bonanos, Lucia Alashaian, and Cassidy Rodenberg.
"It was a great day to honor our seniors. Although we didn't come out with a win, there was a ton of energy all over the field and our team played really hard from the first whistle to the last against a good team," Elisabeth Ralph commented. Ralph had two goals on the day.
Aside from the immediate impact they have on their teammates on the sidelines and on the field, it also reminded the girls that there isn't much time left with the current seniors. It is necessary to play hard while they're still there.
"We always work as hard as we can but this game reminded us that we only have so much time left to play with our seniors," defensive player Jaime Bader said.
There are various traditions within the lacrosse program that occur that lead up to this game. Coach Velez mentioned that the Senior players are the "moms" of the team, and each mom has a "family" comprised of players on the team that are freshmen to juniors. These families need to perform required tasks for their mom.
"We have "families" that are made in the beginning of the season where the Seniors are the "moms" and they have a "family" made up of freshmen through juniors," Velez said. The younger girls do a really good job leading up to the day and taking care of their "mom".
Velez even explained a new tradition that is more out there, which requires the families getting their "mom" fish.
"They get fish for the seniors, a new lax tradition and do different things for them including coffee in the morning and [saying] quotes at the end of the day." Velez also mentioned that the typical senior night t-shirts for the PV sports teams were finally included in the girls lacrosse team's program for the first time ever this year.
It is safe to say that the "families" prepared their "moms" for their big game.
Even though team traditions kept the girls' spirits and attitudes bright, they also played tough. One of the leading scorers on the team, Jenny LaRocca, commented that the seniors all work so hard and influence the team's dynamic as a whole.
"Everyone worked really well together and worked really hard by the influence of our seniors," LaRocca said. They all work extremely hard in practices and in games to make the entire team better which is why playing with them and for them yesterday was so special." LaRocca co-led the team in scoring on the night with three.
The Indians' next game comes against Morris Knolls on May 9.