Hilton Head Island struggles, falls to Wando again in girls lacrosse

Both Seahawks losses this season have come to Warriors

ccox@islandpacket.comMarch 14, 2013 

Kathleen Marshall has issued a request to Lowcountry lacrosse fans.

The Hilton Head Island High School girls coach once again watched the Seahawks struggle with catching balls and picking up ground balls Tuesday night, and the difficulties led to a 16-7 home loss to Wando. If anyone has suggestions for the first-year coach for how to fix the problem, Marshall is willing to listen.

"If anybody knows the secret, I'm all ears," she said. "That's our nemesis, throwing and catching sometimes. We're either really on or we're really off. It has been a reoccurring problem."

The Seahawks have worked on the issue aggressively over the past several weeks, starting with a season-opening loss to these same Warriors on Feb. 20. Hilton Head High (3-2) won three straight following that 15-5 setback, but the problems still persisted.

"We're going to be working on that all day (Thursday)," Marshall said. "That will be our thing. We do a lot of passing drills and going to goal, sprints, ziz-zag passes, passing and throwing, catching on the run. We work on it all the time."

Wando (7-3) possessed the ball for most of the first half, as turnovers plagued the Seahawks early on. The Warriors promptly built an 8-0 lead before Hilton Head High finally cracked the scoring column three straight times in just over a minute with Wando playing a man down.

But the Warriors were back at it again, finding the net seven of the next nine times over the final 30 minutes.

"I think we were just really stressed and were really wanting to go for it," said junior attacker Abby Ogden. "I guess we just got a little frazzled."

Ogden led the Seahawks with a trio of goals, two of which came within a 36-second span that helped Hilton Head High temporarily pull within five. Katy Bautista, Carson Kendrick, Jessica Morris and Haley Matousek also netted goals for the Seahawks.

"We played a lot harder," Marshall said. "They crushed us in the first game. ... (The ball) was in front of our goalie the entire first half. We had the ball maybe three minutes on attack. That's it."

Junior Jessie Bunting led Wando with six goals while Allie Bucknam added four more. Five other Warriors also scored as Wando built the insurmountable lead, jump-started by the 8-0 advantage as the Seahawks struggled to maintain possession.

"We were really slow out of the gate," said Marshall, whose team returns to action Saturday at Socastee. "Our throwing and catching, we're working hard, but we were dropping the ball. Just giving the ball right back.

"It's really frustrating. You see what would happen if we could get the ball on attack, then we were scoring. We were doing fine."

Wando 16, Hilton Head High 7

Goals: Wando -- Jessie Bunting 6, Allie Bucknam 4, Maggie Connell 2, Moriah Dodson 1, Christian Oliver 1, Brenna Walsh 1, Alyssa Smith 1; Hilton Head High -- Abby Ogden 3, Carson Kendrick 1, Jessica Morris 1, Katy Bautista 1, Haley Matousek 1

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