Lacrosse ends season with home win
May 17, 2017
As far as happy endings go, the Douglas girls lacrosse club scripted a pretty good one on Saturday.
Playing its third game in as many days, the Douglas team put the finishing touches on its inaugural season with a 12-8 Senior Day win against Coyote (Northwest Reno) in a High Sierra Lacrosse League contest played at Gardnerville Elementary School.
Adding to the drama for Douglas was that the team was short one player at the half after a player went down in a collision near the goal.
"It was incredible," Douglas coach Daunelle Wulstein noted. "At the conclusion of the game, the McQueen coach came over and congratulated our players on their improvement this season. I was pretty proud of these ladies, especially since we truly had no expectations of winning (at the start of the season)."
Douglas (4-12 overall record) was coming off back-to-back losses, 15-10 on Thursday at Reno and 13-4 on Friday against Truckee/North Tahoe on the Gardnerville Elementary School field.
On Friday, the Douglas team (high school and middle school students) only trailed by a 6-3 score at halftime against a Truckee/North Tahoe team that ended its regular season with a 13-2 record and second-place in the league standings.
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"Our opponents had stick skills that were pretty impressive," Wulstein observed. "I'm sure we will be there eventually … but it's our first season and I'm pretty proud of these young ladies."
With no substitutes available on Thursday due to injuries and students, Douglas played Reno on even terms through one half. The score was tied 9-9 at the intermission before Reno pulled away.
"At the end of the second half, with no breaks, our girls still played like troopers," Wulstein noted.
Galena finished as the league's regular season champion with a 15-1 record, ahead of Truckee/Tahoe, Bishop Manogue (11-5) and Oasis Academy in Fallon (10-5).