WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket girls lacrosse team got rocked in their season opener yesterday, losing to Danvers 17-5 in an ugly affair that first-year coach Nindy Pike said showed that the team still has a lot it needs to work on.
“We got outplayed in every phase of the game, but the girls never got down and never stopped playing, so I’m proud of them for that,” Pike said.
The game was originally supposed to be played at Pentucket, but due to poor field conditions, the game was moved to Danvers.
Sarah Wiles and freshman Erin Mikson each scored two goals in the game, and Jess Lusty added one more of her own to round out the scoring for the Sachems.
Though it wasn’t an ideal start to the season, Pike said she remains excited for the upcoming season. Her first challenge as a coach will be getting the Sachems up to speed after poor field conditions kept the team inside for the first three weeks of spring. Once the team settles in, the next goal will be to reach the state tournament after falling one game short last year.
“It’s a pretty young team, we only have four seniors this year, and we have a short bench I’d have to say, but they’re all pretty dedicated and enjoying it,” Pike said. “For the beginning of the year I’d have to say our expectations are rather low, but only because of practice time and not skill level.”
While it may be Pike’s first year coaching at Pentucket, she’s hardly a newcomer to the area. Overall, Pike has more than 20 years of experience coaching girls lacrosse at Lexington, Weston, Newburyport and Triton, and after a period of semi-retirement she decided to take the Pentucket job when it opened up.