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LACROSSE NOTEPAD: Wildcats’ progress is visible

Mountain View girls lacrosse coach Abigail Murray hopes last Friday’s 17–4 win over Massaponax on Friday was a sign that her team’s adjustment period is over.

The Wildcats have never looked so good, which could mean big things for the rest of this season.

“I finally felt like everything actually came together for the first time, which was phenomenal,” Murray said. “It was bumpy at first, but it’s nice to see them actually playing as a team.”

For all five high schools in Stafford County, this is the first year fielding a varsity girls lacrosse team. The Wildcats, who are 6–2 after winning back-to-back games against Potomac and Massaponax, have been one of the area’s best teams.

But Mountain View has gone through the natural growing pains expected of a first-year program.

The Wildcats, who play Brooke Point on Thursday, could finally be hitting their stride after their most recent win, however.

“I can’t say enough about how good of a game Friday was for us. If we can redo that every game, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Murray said.

“We talk a lot in practice about what to do if you’re double-teamed, where you make the cuts. It was nice to actually, rather than just talk about it, see the girls be able to adjust to a situation and move themselves differently, which was good because we took advantage of those opportunities and were able to get a lot of goals.”

Quickness is a big strength of the Wildcats, and they’ve been able to utilize that to score a lot of goals in transition.

Olivia Hubert, a standout field hockey player who picked up lacrosse for the first time this season, has been hard to stop. She has scored four or more goals in four of the last five games and has nine tallies in the last two contests.

“She’s unbelievably fast,” Murray said. “There’s no other way I can describe her. I’ve never seen a high schooler run that fast.”

—Nathan Warters

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