By Brian Deakyne
LITTLE SILVER — With a new defense implemented and leaders in place, the Red Bank Regional girls lacrosse team has every reason to believe they can go far.
Lady Bucs’ head coach Ashley Schulte said the team is ready to move forward from their even-par season a year ago, and they have the power to do it.
“We went about .500 last year, so this year we definitely want to get over .500 and we want to make both tournaments,” Schulte said.
Red Bank Regional will be led by its captains Hannah Doherty on the defensive side of the ball and Clara Osmont, offensively.
Osmont recently committed to play lacrosse at High Point University in North Carolina.
“With Hannah leading the defense and Clara leading the offense, we’ll be set,” Schulte said. “Both girls have really taken charge.”
Last season, the Lady Bucs’ earned the 8-seed in the South Jersey Group II state tournament, topping Barnegat 11-8 before falling to top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven in the second round, 20-3.
The Bulldogs went on to cruise to the sectional championship.
Red Bank is looking forward to getting another shot at Rumson-Fair Haven this season.
“We always look forward to the Rumson game,” Schulte said. “You also have Shore Regional and we’ll see RBC. Those are all the games that we really look forward to.”
With their new defense, the Lady Bucs’ are working on communication and getting to understand it better come opening day.
“The defense is built entirely on communication, so that’s what we are working on right now. The defense is our game-winning strategy,” Schulte said.
“Right now, our offense is definitely stronger than our defense, but that won’t be the case on April 2. We are going to have one 12-girl unit all working together.”
Red Bank is set to open their season on April 2, when they will host the Holmdel Hornets.