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Zionsville tops Heritage Christian in home opener

Mar. 21—There are some new roles being defined on the Zionsville girls lacrosse team this spring.

While there is plenty of returning talent, the Eagles also a lot of offensive firepower and will need girls to step up into more prominent roles.

On Thursday night in their home opener, they got to see how some of their pieces work together in a good way, cruising to an 18-8 win over Heritage Christian.

"We are still figuring it out, but we have good group of returning girls and good leadership," Zionsville head coach Dave Elefante said. "We are building off what we did last year and are doing some good things."

The Eagles offense was clicking on Thursday night.

They scored six times in the first quarter, with four different players scoring.

Alexa DeHart scored three times in the second quarter, and the Eagles came out of the locker room with six more goals in the third quarter, before getting a running clock early in the fourth.

DeHart and Reese Godby each had five goals, with Mia Schmidt scoring four, Ava Ventrone two and Jaxie Yates one.

"It was consistent throughout the game," Elefante said. "The girls settled in and it was nice to see them come out shooting, shooting well and moving well. We just have to keep on working on offense and defense."

The win improved the Eagles to 2-0 on the year, after beating Brebeuf 11-4 early in the week.

They also had a game against Westfield postponed because of weather.

Elefante said the team is working on coming together early in the season.

"Every year is different and you never really know what you are going to get," he said. "This year is a little different, because of all the returners we have, but we graduated some key girls from last year. Now is a chance for other girls to step up and watching them flourish in those roles has been fun."

When looking at the season as a whole, Elefante said like every team, the Eagles have aspirations for big things at the end of the season, but they are solely focused on getting ready for the next opponent on the schedule day in and day out.

And to be able to reach those milestones, they are going to have to rely on a good set of leaders on the team.

Elefante said Zionsville has a strong leadership core at all levels, which should help them out throughout the season.

"Hannah McKenna in goal has been great for us," Elefante said. "She has double-digit saves in both games so far and made some key ones. Reese Godby and Alexa DeHart are back for our offense, and Noelle Elefante is coming back from injury and figuring it out. We have a pretty strong midfield with Sydney (Rose), Mia (Schmidt) and Claire (MacAbee) as well. We graduated some key people on defense, but girls like Caroline Sampson, Amelia Rhodes and Ruby (Steinberg) are really stepping up and been big for us."

Zionsville will host Guerin Catholic next Tuesday before being off for spring break.

"We have to trust our offense," Elefante said. "We have to make sure we stop the ball and not let them go 1-on-1, but contest every shot. We have to play good team defense, but once we get a turnover, be able to turn it on quick."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.