CHESHIRE -- The Hoosac Valley girls' lacrosse team has just one more important thing on its check list for this season: Get the program's first varsity win.
The Hurricanes have been close this season. They have suffered three one-goal losses, and a pair of two-goal losses. Twice the Hurricanes have lost on goals in the final two minutes of a game.
"It is so important [to get a win]. We've been trying for a long time to do that," senior Jaci Aubin said before practice Tuesday. "We just want to win, that's all we want to do. No matter how hard we try, we always just happen to be one level below the other team. It's been pretty frustrating."
The Hurricanes, who also have players from Drury due to a co-op arrangement, are in the midst of their second varsity campaign. It's proving to be more of a success than the inaugural season, but they remain winless as a varsity team.
"It just seems like we are having trouble putting two complete halves together," first-year co-coach Molly Meczywor said. "There is nothing to take away from the girls, they definitely want it and they work really hard in practice. It's just a matter of getting that first win under their belts."
The Hurricanes have four games left this season. They'll get another crack at Lee, Wahconah, Mount Greylock and Pittsfield. Both Greylock and Pittsfield beat Hoosac by one goal, while Wahconah escaped with a pair of two-goal wins. Lee remains unbeaten on the season, but the Hurricanes also played the Wildcats tough earlier in the season.
"It's been the little things," Maeve Denning said. "There will be one little thing go wrong and we all kind of get down at the end and then everything seems to go wrong."
The Hurricanes have had a balanced offensive attack this season. Denning has led the way, leading the team in scoring.
The Hurricanes are also receiving great goaltending for the second year in a row. Kelsey Hosley led the county in save percentage last season, and she's right back near the top this season. She's made double digit saves in all eight games the Hurricanes have played.
"That helps a lot," Aubin said. "Kelsey is great. She can stop really anything. She's stops the toughest shots, and she's always giving us a chance."
Hosley's best performance came in a 5-3 loss to Wahconah on April 26. She made 19 saves to keep the Hurricanes within striking distance.
One thing driving Hosley to keep putting her best effort forward are the seniors on the team.
With one more season left after this one for Hosley, she believes that she'll experience a few wins as a Hurricane, but wants the first to come this season.
"I think that would mean a lot, especially for the seniors who have played the whole time and haven't won a game yet," she said. "It'd be nice to pull it together and get them one. We're just worried about getting the first one and we'll work from there."
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