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Glen Ellyn

‘Most skilled team’ battles inexperience

Glenbard West senior Sarah Letmanski leads a young but skilled squad this spring. File photo by Bill Ackerman — backerman@shawmedia.com
Glenbard West senior Sarah Letmanski leads a young but skilled squad this spring. File photo by Bill Ackerman — backerman@shawmedia.com

GLEN ELLYN — Practice is of the utmost importance for a talented but extremely young Glenbard West girls lacrosse team.

Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, the weather hasn’t exactly cooperated.

Five early season games were canceled then rescheduled, leaving the 2013 season in a constant state of chaos.

“It’s been a tough season,” said Glenbard West coach Bob Regan, whose program became a school-sponsored sport this year. “Weather-wise, it’s been a really tough season. The season has become so compressed when you miss five games and then reschedule.

“Now we are having back-to-back-to-back games and you are learning on the fly. As a group they are young and you know they will make mistakes. That’s part of coaching, I just wish I had more time in practice to go over those things.”

Glenbard West has 50 kids in the program split over varsity and junior varsity squads but only four are seniors.

“We are mostly freshmen and sophomores,” the coach said. “This is probably my most skilled team as far as passing and catching but they are inexperienced. The team we had two years ago that went 22-4, they weren’t as skilled (as this team) but they were mature girls, junior and seniors, and very competitive. This team is so young, they will get there over the next two years.”

The Hilltoppers went 3-4 in their first six matches, with three of their defeats coming to ranked-teams Lyons Township, Glenbrook South and Hinsdale Central. Glenbard West also lost 11-10 in overtime to Lake Zurich Friday.

The squad is led by seniors Sara Letmanski (attack), Kathleen Caffrey (middie-attack) and Hailey Walch (defender) along with sophomores Jamie Bishop (middie-attack) and Katy Ludington, who can play anywhere on the field.

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