It’s pretty amazing to see exactly how far the Polytech girls lacrosse team has come in such a short amount of time.
Now the Panthers believe they are on the cusp of making the DIAA Girls Lacrosse State Tournament for the first time since the inception of their program five years ago. They came up just short of their postseason goal last season.
Freshman Jamie Trabaudo scored all four of her goals in the first half to keep Polytech on a roll and led the Panthers to a 16-7 rout of Concord in a nonconference game on Saturday.
Senior Addie Stang and freshman Morgan Cook contributed three goals apiece for Polytech (9-1), whose only loss this season came at the hands of top-ranked and four-time defending state champion Cape Henlopen 20-8 on April 16.
“The key was definitely passing the ball,” Trabaudo said. “Our defense was on point. We have a bunch of different scorers on the team, and that really helps. Hopefully, we can make the tournament, that’s our goal, and we’d like to get far in that.”
With the victory, the state tournament goal remains in check for Polytech as it seeks one of the eight slots that make up the tourney field with 27 varsity girls lacrosse programs competing up and down the state.
Last season, despite racking up a 13-2 record, Polytech was rated No. 8 by the DIAA’s state tournament point system. The Panthers failed to make the field because the Blue Hen Conference has enough teams to have an official champion, which gave league champion Middletown the final spot with an automatic berth even though the Cavs were rated No. 10 by the system.
“We don’t want to be in that position again. We want to be in the top seven,” Polytech coach Lynn Richardson said. “I think we’re where we want to be, but we still have two really tough games coming up with Charter [School of Wilmington, May 11] and Sussex Tech [May 13].
“We’re taking it one game at a time, and hopefully we just want to be in control of our own destiny and win our games and not get into a point thing. We just want to do the best we can.”
The Panthers took care of business quickly against Concord (7-5), which has lost four of its last five games. They raced out to a 7-1 lead when Trabaudo scored her third goal of the contest with 5:46 remaining in the first half. They held a 9-3 lead at halftime.
Concord was unable to recover in the second half. Sophomore Madeline Davis scored three goals, and sophomore Heather Estle chipped in a pair of scores for the Raiders, who were outshot 31-14.
“Polytech had a pretty good defense and offense,” Estle said. “We just couldn’t get it together. We’ve got some tough games coming up, but I think we can get back in there.”
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Panthers, who field a roster made up mostly of seniors and freshmen.
“It’s been a good season,” Richardson said. “We have a real strong senior group and then some experienced freshmen coming in from some youth programs in our area. It’s just a nice mix of experience and some young talent, and it’s kind of neat.
“We’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of athletic ability and stuff. They’re starting to come together, and it’s kind of nice.”