North Kitsap JV hosts Curtis JV March 24, 5:30 p.m. | Girls lacrosse

Editor's note: This version corrects the number of games North Kitsap has played as of this writing.

POULSBO — The North Kitsap JV girls lacrosse team is showing signs of emerging from this rebuilding year as a strong, fit, seasoned team.

North Kitsap hosts Curtis JV March 24, 5:30 p.m., at Strawberry Field.

This squad opened the season with a 16-1 loss at Bainbridge JV on March 10, impressed the crowds with a 16-10 loss to North Olympic JV on March 18, then held Seattle Prep JV to one goal in a 1-0 loss on March 21.

Steady improvement — and they are doing it with eight players. The game against Curtis JV could go North Kitsap’s way.

“We are a small squad, and these kids fight to the end,” head coach Val Torrens said. “When we played North Olympic, a grandfather — who is also a football official — came over to compliment the team. He said, ‘You’ve got a great team here. They dug deep and fought hard.’ ”

It’s a rebuilding year for veteran coach Torrens and the NK girls lacrosse program. NK is competing this year in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association junior varsity league; there is no girls varsity team this year. The NK varsity girls finished 0-5 in WSLA’s Peninsula League in 2013.

The program has a proud history in the WSLA: Emilie Poffenroth of the 2012 varsity team is on the WSLA’s list of league leaders with her 11 ground balls in one game (March 27, 2012 vs. Ballard). The North Kitsap girls won the WSLA varsity championship in 2004 and finished second in 2003.

Val Kranich, a second-team All-State goalie for the 2011 North Kitsap varsity team, is assistant coach. Because the team has eight players — there should be 12 — players work out in between games to build up their endurance, so they can handle the workout they get during games. Kranich has the team jogging, running, sprinting, and doing drills. The team practices Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m., at Strawberry Field.

Half of the squad has played lacrosse a year, the others are new. Most play basketball, soccer or run cross country.

“They’re a bunch of nice kids. And they are working their tails off,” Torrens said.

Depending on how this JV squad does, “we’re hoping we will be able to go out and recruit,” she said.

March 10:
Bainbridge Island JV 16, North Kitsap JV 1
March 18:
North Olympic JV 16, North Kitsap JV 10
March 21:
Seattle Prep JV 1, North Kitsap JV 0

March 24:
Curtis JV at North Kitsap JV, 5:30 p.m., Strawberry Field.
March 26: Garfield JV at North Kitsap JV, 5 p.m, Strawberry Field.
April 10: Bellingham JV at North Kitsap JV, 6 p.m., Strawberry Field.
April 23: Puyallup JV at North Kitsap JV, 5 p.m., Strawberry Field.
April 25: North Kitsap JV at Vashon JV, 6:30 p.m. Vashon High School.
April 30: North Kitsap JV at North Olympic JV, 4:30 p.m., Greywolf Elementary in Sequim.
May 3: North Kitsap JV at Eastside Catholic JV, 2 p.m., at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish.
May 3: North Kitsap JV at Evergreen JV, 4:15 p.m., at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish.

Returning players
— Lexi Alfarone, attack
— Victoria Klos, goalkeeper/defense
— Aisling O'Connor, goalkeeper/field 
— Victoria Vanderhaden, midfielder

New players
— Lily Eckert,
various positions
— Shannon Gill,
various positions
— Michaela Olson
, various positions
— Sierra Thornton,
various positions



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