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October 26, 2023

Second half scoring too much as lacrosse falls to Lovejoy

Ava Johnson
Lovejoy senior defender Zachary Branch deters Coppell sophomore attack Duncan Ross on Thursday at Lesley Field. The Leopards defeated the Cowboys, 11-3.

In a highly anticipated boys lacrosse game, Coppell clashed with Lovejoy, with the Cowboys falling short,11-3, on Thursday at Lesley Field.

The game unfolded with Coppell making an early statement, netting the first goal in the first half, courtesy of senior attack Chase Waddill. However, Lovejoy swiftly responded, leveling the score at 1-1 just three minutes later.

Coppell senior defenseman Connor Waddill highlighted the need for improved communication and defensive execution.

 “Personally, I was on the defensive end,” Connor said. “So just defensively, I think we could have communicated better and been tidied up on our backside to have a slide all the time.”

Despite Coppell’s initial lead, Lovejoy’s defense tightened, making it difficult for the Cowboys to penetrate. Coppell managed to regain the lead briefly, scoring another goal to make it 2-1, but Lovejoy’s defense remained resilient, thwarting further scoring attempts.

As the game progressed into the second quarter, Lovejoy’s offensive prowess began to shine, resulting in several unanswered goals that shifted the momentum in its favor. With Lovejoy pulling ahead to a 4-2 lead by halftime, the Cowboys found themselves facing an uphill battle.

“It’s hard to pinpoint it. I don’t necessarily think it was anything we did or didn’t do from an X’s and O’s standpoint,” Coppell coach Matt Mueller said. “Our guys bought into the game plan.” 

Mueller emphasized the need to learn from the loss and maintain focus for future games.

The second half saw Lovejoy extend its lead even further, capitalizing on offensive opportunities and effectively shutting down Coppell’s scoring attempts. Despite the Cowboys’ best efforts, Lovejoy’s relentless pressure proved too much to handle, allowing them to secure a decisive victory.

Throughout the match, standout performances from players including Finn Dinsmore and Duncan Ross showcased Coppell’s talent and determination.


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As you walk into the lavender room of Coppell High School sophomore Pranavi Ramineni, your eyes may catch the Haikyu poster, or a picture of Pranavi as a child with her grandfather, maybe her Coppell Middle School West Team Volleyball poster or the plethora of underwater watercolor paintings. Each of these are a facet of her identity. As your eyes continue to wander, they will set on the girl perched on her bed watching TV. You will first notice Pranavi’s hair, always out and as expressive as her. “There is a lot of my story behind my hair,” Ramineni said. “I cut my hair twice in elementary for cancer patients. In third grade, I cut it 12 inches. In fifth grade, I cut it eight inches.” But that inherent kindness to help the community shows in everything Pranavi does. As a first-year staffer on The Sidekick, Pranavi initially joined to surprise her friend for their birthday but continued because of her hopes to be a cartoonist and page designer. Regardless of whether she is painting with watercolor or singing for the Coppell Choir, Pranavi believes people can tell a story through a variety of mediums. In her free time, she enjoyed reading books, watching TV shows like the Real Housewives, or sitting at the local neighborhood park with friends that are able to be wholeheartedly themselves. In the future, Pranavi wants to apply computer science to the world of architecture and interior designing. You can contact her by emailing [email protected].
Ava Johnson
Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).

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