Pittston Area had to learn on the fly last season in its first girls lacrosse campaign in school history.The Patriots struggled against schools that have fielded teams for nearly five years now.
But the Patriots hope to get in the thick of Wyoming Valley Conference play this season.
Pittston Area fell to Coughlin, 10-4, in last year’s opening round of the District 2 girls lacrosse tournament. In that game, then-junior captain Sara Ruby provided the spark with a pair of goals.
Now a senior, her and Haley Norwillo will be the catalysts for this year’s Pittston Area squad. Both players have the capabilities of going on scoring streaks.
Nicole Walters and Bianca Concert will take the duties in goal this season for the Patriots.
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Pittston Area’s Haley Norwillo scored three goals, while Sara Ruby and Bianca Mattei-Miller each scored one in a loss to Coughlin Tuesday.
Bianca Concert had 12 saves for Pittston Area, which scored three goals in the first half, and two more in the second half.
Coughlin scored 11 goals in the first half and was aided by Brigid Wood’s five goals, while Hallie Dumont and Kyra Castano each scored three goals. Nine different Crusaders scored a goal.
Pittston Area had nine shots to Coughlin’s 27. The Patriots fell to 0-4 on the season.
The Patriots will be back in action on Monday against Crestwood.