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Expectations set higher for Glendale High girls' lacrosse team

Lacrosse: Nitros get three goals from Aguilar to post 9-7 nonleague home victory against Beverly Hills.

February 27, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — In just its third season as a CIF sanctioned team, the Glendale High girls’ lacrosse team has big plans.

Among those is contending for the Prep League championship and at least equal last season’s playoff run, which saw the Nitros advance to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Northern Divisions playoffs.

The Nitros will have 18 players on board, more than any other season and something Glendale Coach Joe Campbell said might help the team achieve their goals.

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“We are seeing more interest in the sport and we are starting to bring in more players,” Campbell said after Glendale recorded a 9-7 nonleague home victory against Beverly Hills on Wednesday at Moyse Field. “We’ve seen the skill level rise noticeably and we are spicing things up in terms of playing a much more demanding schedule.

“These are things that will help the process move along. We are young, but you learn more playing tough teams.”

Glendale (1-1) received a team-best three goals from attacker Lymayre Aguilar and two apiece from midfielders Ahuixchel Engleman-Lopez and Elibeth Torres to turn back Beverly Hills (0-1). The Nitros opened their season Saturday with a 9-7 nonleague home loss against Peninsula.

Aguilar, who missed the first match while recovering from a concussion she sustained Jan. 27, sprung into action to spice up the Nitros’ offensive attack. She scored a pair of first-half goals to give Glendale a 4-2 lead before providing some insurance with a goal with 6:09 left in the second half to complete the scoring.

After losing standouts Jenna Nance and Elena Pierce to graduation, Campbell said the Nitros will look for Aguilar to shoulder some of the offensive responsibilities.

Aguilar showed no ill-effects from her injury Wednesday after being cleared to play by her doctor Monday.

“It was good to get back out there and help my team,” Aguilar said. “I wanted to get some goals, and we beat a good team.

“It was a typical back-and-forth game, but our defense stood out in the second half.”

After Beverly Hills received two goals less than a minute apart from Fasi Agaba and one from Rachel Benezra to build a 5-4 halftime advantage, Glendale tightened up defensively to limit Beverly Hills’ quality scoring chances in the second half.

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