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Valley Tech Girls LAX Showing Improvement in New Year

The Blackstone Valley Tech girls lacrosse team has shown significant signs of improvement through their first three games this season, enough to have the Beavers' new head coach eyeing a spot in the district tournament by the end of the spring.
"I told the girls I am looking at least .500, that is my hope," Katie Barbour said. "Whether it will happen, we'll see. Sometimes I think the girls sell themselves short, so that is something we are working on. This team is taking many positive strides."
Valley Tech has already managed to score on a pair of opponents that shut the team out last season, and earned a win over Nashoba Valley Tech last week.
"I think things are really, really looking great," Barbour said. "We said are in a transition year, two years ago was our first varsity season. I think there is a big difference in the way we are playing this season."
Junior Emily Whittaker-Smith has paced the team in scoring so far, with goals in each of the team's first three games. She picked up a hat trick against Worcester Tech, and scored goals against Grafton and Nashoba as well. Senior Julia Graves has also helped BVT on the attack.
"To watch her cradle is amazing," Barbour said, marveling at her player's skill. "It's very graceful to watch her fun down the field."
Junior Brianna Torres has stood out on the defensive end of the field, and has played an increasingly large role in the team's zone defense.
"She is backing everyone up, and the progress is showing more and more every game," Barbour said.
Whittaker-Smith and Torres are two standouts in an 18-athlete junior class that has Barbour excited for the team's potential both this season and next.
"We have a really good group of juniors," she said. "I think the goal now is to shape them into positive players with a positive outlook, so I think the program in general is looking good and looking to bring it up a notch."




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