Lady Cavs prepared to take on Lafayette

Published 10:06 pm Friday, September 23, 2016

Lakeland High School’s field hockey team is looking to make it two in a row against Lafayette on Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

During a typical week, the Lady Cavs have competed in two games by the weekend. Because of the weather this week, they were unable to play games but feel that won’t affect their approach.

“Even though we haven’t been able to play or practice, we have been conditioning on our own,” Allison Thompson said. “We will have to come out with high energy to make sure we don’t slack.”

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“Even though we haven’t had many practices lately we are prepared for Lafayette and our upcoming opponents,” Maddy Carr said.

Last year, the Lady Cavs defeated Lafayette 1-0 and are prepared to get Lafayette’s best shot.

“I think we should really focus on scoring more this time around,” Carr said. “We have excellent connections and passes, but we have to finish in the circle.”

The Lady Cavs are looking to score more points, because the closer the game, the stronger possibility Lafayette can hang around. The last game Lakeland played was a loss to a stellar Hickory team. Since that loss, the Lady Cavs have regrouped and looked forward to their next opportunity.

“They are a good team,” Sydney Beale said about Lafayette. “They are fast with their sticks. I feel like we need to come out and be eager knowing that our last game was a loss.”

Despite the week-long layoff, Beale believes that can factor in as an advantage for her team.

“I think sometimes a little break benefits the way people play,” Beale said. “I think as long as we communicate and pass around them, we will be successful.”

A key to the Lady Cavs is getting off to a fast start. Not playing for an extended period of time can affect a team’s energy. Before the game, if the Lady Cavs are mentally thinking about playing fast, they can come out with the win.

Lakeland will face Lafayette at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.