Johnstown girls’ lacrosse hoping to overcome low numbers

JOHNSTOWN – With just 15 players on its roster this year, the Johnstown girls’ lacrosse team is focused on quality, not quantity, this season.

“We have a very small team this year,” Johnstown coach Denise Benton said. “We’ve got great athletes though. I think we can be .500 in the Foothills this year.”

Last year, the Lady Bills went 6-8 overall and advanced to the Section II Class D semifinals. Johnstown topped Catholic Central in the quarterfinals before losing to Holy Names in the semifinals by a 14-8 margin.

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“We did well last year,” Benton said. “I think the Foothills rule of only dressing 20 kids for road games was horrible. I know it was because of COVID, but it was hard to not be able to bring the whole team to road games. “

Johnstown lost three Foothills Council all-stars to graduation. Taryn Ringer was a first-team all-star for the Lady Bills, Emily Fleming was named to the second team and Molly Memrick earned honorable-mention status.

“We lost a lot of kids from last year’s team,” Benton said.

Johnstown’s roster features just two seniors – Roslyn Chapin and Larkin Sardella.

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“It’s going well so far though,” Chapin said. “We’re focusing on improving and growing as the season goes on.”

“We’re hoping that we can win all of our games,” Sardella said. “I think we have a really good group of players.”

Benton will be assisted this season by Tracy Ringer.

“We’ve got a lot of juniors and sophomores on this year’s team,” Benton said. “We’ve got very good athletes and I know they are going to give everything they have. We’re working hard to get ready.”

Johnstown was scheduled to open its season March 26 at Columbia, but that game has been postponed to a later date. The Lady Bills are now slated to open the season March 28 with a non-league game against Ballston Spa at Knox Field at 4:30 p.m.

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By Paul Wager

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