4-game win streak ends
Barron too much for Lely’s girls lacrosse team
The Lely girls lacrosse team’s four-game win streak ended when a more experienced Barron Collier team came and conquered at Lely on Tuesday night.
Brad Bissell’s young team was plainly outclassed. The difference showed from a team that has mostly club players and the Lady Trojans that have none.
The Lady Cougars put on a passing and defensive demonstration in the one-sided 20-2 victory.
Lely’s Anna Bissell kept her five-game scoring streak going with a goal in the second half. She now has 25 goals over five games. Serinna Crowley nailed the other score.
Lely has nine returners on a roster of 21, but only six have played more than two years.
Bissell’s daughters Anna, a sophomore and Clara, a senior, are steady players. Clara and senior Chelsea Magee are co-captains, with Clara leading the defense and Magee joining Anna on offense. Virginia Rego, a fourth-year player, also can find the net, along with Lexie Lundquist and Jordin Giles.
Bri Trevino and Morgan Burke are two players Bissell sees as playing better each game on defense.
Each year of the four, Bissell has been concentrating on the fundamentals, trying to keep mistakes under control while the girls learn the game.
“It’s stay between the ball and the goal,” Bissell said when he talks of defense. “Running and making plays goes for offense and defense.”
Since there are fewer girls teams, there is no class level, just one district that includes Lely, Barron Collier, Naples and Community School. Lely has wins over Bishop Verot, in overtime, Riverdale, Immokalee and Palmetto Ridge.
In its first year, Lely went 2-8, then 7-6 and 6-6 in 2012.
“I think a good goal for us is to play .500 or better,” Bissell said.
He talked of his playing days in high school and college.
“I love the sport and I was on the winning and losing end,” he said. “It all was fun. I want it to be fun for them.”