Coming off a big non-league, season opening victory over Cambridge Rindge and Latin the previous day, 13-4, Watertown High School girls' lacrosseteam hosted next-door neighbor Belmont Friday afternoon at Victory Field.
"It was important for us to start off with a success to keep us moving in that right direction," said third-year Head Coach Lisa Lituri, as her team kept the score close with Belmont before losing 11-5.
Junior Goalie Brenna McDonald, who stopped 13 shots including a number of penalty shot, "was outstanding throughout the game," said Lituri.
Watertown played a very disciplined offense game, holding the ball and waiting for openings to occur.
"Our offensive objective is just to maintain possession," Lituri said.
"We don't want to force the scoring, but rather to make smart passes to create opportunities around the net," she said.
After falling behind 6-2 in the first half, two consecutive goals brought the Raiders within two as McDonald made several in-close saves against the Marauders who made the playoffs last season.
"Lauren Giordano, Alyssa Carlson and Emily LoPrete had standout games in the midfield especially in transition which we are really working on," said Lituri, who teaches kindergarten in the Watertown system.
Giordano, Carlson, LoPrete, and Maddie Rocklin each scored before Belmont went on a 5-1 scoring run to end the game. Kayla Johnson hit the back of the net on a breakaway to finish Watertown's scoring.
"Our goals for the year is just game-by-game to stay positive, working hard to get those wins and getting those points on the score board," said Lituri, who said the team and the coaches all are looking towards reaching the .500 mark and making the playoffs.
"I think it's possible. I believe in this group and it's the strongest group we've had this far," she said.