Bulldogs succumb to Puma claw marks

Hemet High’s lacrosse girls lost to Chaparral last Thursday, 12-4

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Chaparral faces off with Hemet on Thursday.

■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

Lately, it’s been raining cats and dogs around here. That could explain why the Hemet girls lacrosse Bulldogs and the Chaparral Pumas went at it so fiercely last Thursday evening at Von Driska Field.
Hemet brought in the first point of the game in the first 90 seconds. That said, the Lady Pumas wouldn’t go down without a cat-and-dog fight. They equalized about two-and-a-half minutes later. And then the Pumas pulled ahead a minute later. With a third point nine minutes in and then a fourth at the 10-minute mark, Chaparral made it clear they would represent the ‘ol Temecula Valley right and proper. Fast-forward to the end of the first half, the Pumas were up 7-1.

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Hemet takes a time-out to cope with a Puma onslaught.

But the Lady Bulldogs weren’t napping at halftime: Two minutes in, they worked out a way to get Mackenzie Simmons the ball, who got Hemet a second point on the board. And then Addison Wilson with a third three minutes later. But just as the Lady ‘Dawgs got into their stride, the Pumas regained their footing to take their eighth point of the evening. They would take another two around the 8-minute mark. And an eleventh at the 6-minute mark.
Coach Angelina Castaneda called a timeout shortly afterward, in hopes of a decent finish. They did manage one more point in the last minute of game play. But the “W” went back to Temecula, sad to say.
Still, Castaneda was proud of the effort her girls put out on the field today: “We’re a new program still, so… any improvement is positive.”
The fact that Chaparral had more fans present than Hemet didn’t seem to bug Castaneda, either.
The Bulldogs hit the field tomorrow to shake their sticks at the Vista Murrieta Broncos. And better yet, they’ll be under Friday night lights at 7 p.m. Talk about your prime time-slot! Go support your Bulldogs, and maybe that will become their regular time-slot. Possibilities!

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Hemet may have lost 12-4, but no love was lost here.

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