"It's never good when you go through a season and you don't win any games. It's kind of a downer."
Yet that's exactly what happened three years ago for the Union-Endicott girls lacrosse team. Head Coach Laura Ansbro took over the six-year-old program after coaching at Maine-Endwell with the lofty goal of building a champion. And surprisingly, all the losing that first season laid the foundation for Tiger lacrosse.
Coach Ansbro says, "We kept positive that year and we really just kept working and we just knew what we had to do and the girls that were on the team at that time said you know what, this isn't good enough, we need to do better."
And so the girls worked harder. When the high school season was over, they played on summer travel teams. Each player committed to being in better shape and improving their skills. All the work paid the ultimate dividend Saturday afternoon when U-E raised it's first ever section championship trophy following a 10 to 7 win over Maine-Endwell.
Sophomore Danielle Mastro says, "I think the key was us passing and us just being a team and it was our first sectional championship ever in the school's program so it gave us a lot of drive and passion to beat them."
"I think there's no better reward than seeing hard work pay off and with this particular group of girls we saw that. We started from the bottom and we worked our way up in three years."
The section championship was the Tigers goal, but their season isn't over. Next up is a test against defending state runner-up Carthage in the state quarterfinals. It's been a season to remember and the girls don't want it to end just yet. In Endicott, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.