With Junior Star Weeks Driven to Succeed, Hun Girls’ Lax Headed in Right Direction
Kate Weeks is not one to rest on her laurels.
After scoring 61 goals last spring in her sophomore season with the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team and recently committing to Boston College and its women’s lacrosse team, Weeks hasn’t gone on cruise control.
“I just work on every aspect of my game,” said junior midfielder Weeks, who plays for the Ultimate Lacrosse club program and New Jersey’s U19 national tournament team. “I practice, practice, and practice.”
The fruits of Weeks’ labor were on display last Thursday even as Hun lost 21-12 to visiting Peddie. The junior standout scored eight goals, showing some elusive moves and powerful shots from a variety of angles as she tormented the Peddie defense.
Despite being the clear go-to player for the Raiders, Weeks isn’t dwelling on her stats.
“Whatever it takes to win, just do it,” said Weeks, who scored seven goals last Saturday as Hun topped Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-4 in improving to 4-3.
“Whoever gets the goal is whoever gets it. I just want to do what it takes to win the game.”
In the early going against Peddie, it looked like Hun was going to stay in the game against the powerful Falcons.
The Raiders trailed 7-6 with 5:45 left in the first half with Weeks having tallied five to that point.
“I think we started really strong,” said Weeks. “Peddie is a great team. I think we came out and did very well against a hard team.”
The Falcons, though, scored the final two goals of the half and then went on a 9-2 run after halftime. Hun didn’t stop fighting, outscoring Peddie 5-3 over the last eight minutes of the contest.
“I think we played really, really strong, especially over the last three minutes,” said Weeks.
“Our true athletic ability comes out with our double teams and everything. We fought until the end; there was no laziness.”
For Weeks, ending her college search with the decision to attend Boston College isn’t going to make her lazy.
“I just picked the school that I fell in love with but also had a top team,” said Weeks.
“I went with my gut. I got an athletic scholarship and that helped a lot. I basically got down to five from my top 10 and chose from there. Now I am working 10 times harder since I committed.”
Hun head coach Beth Loffredo admires Weeks’ commitment to the game.
“Kate is just so driven and focused,” said Loffredo. “She puts in the work that is required to be as good as she is and she makes people around her better. She makes coaches better.”
Loffredo was hoping that Hun would give Peddie a better game. “I thought we would come out a little bit stronger but I always set my expectations really high, especially for this group,” said Loffredo. “We didn’t adjust well enough or quickly enough. It really hurt us.”
While Hun may not have initially adjusted to the Peddie onslaught, Loffredo was proud of how her team kept battling.
“Even though we were still behind by nine goals, once we get our momentum and we know what works for us, we are hard to stop,” added Loffredo. “A couple more minutes and it could have been a different score.”
Loffredo credits senior defensive star Emily Decicco with making a big difference for the Raiders.
“Emily is one of those people where you get her going and she can can get everybody else going and get that momentum,” said Loffredo.
“It is not easy to be a 17 or an 18 year old kid and trying to be a captain and hold everyone accountable. She is doing a great job. She really makes it clear to them, ‘I am staying positive, we are still in this.’ She does a great job with transition. She is smart; she works hard.”
Hun has the chance to do some great things down the stretch if it can smarter all over the field.
“Going forward, we need to be playing solid through our lowest attacker to our goalie,” said Loffredo, whose team hosts the Hill School (Pa.) on April 25 before getting into postseason play.
“There are just little pieces where we are falling apart. I think when we do come together, we will be a force. I am just waiting for it all to click.”
In Weeks’ view, the Hun players are clicking on and off the field. “We are strongly bonded; we are like a family,” said Weeks.
“You win together, you lose together. We are 10 times better than last year. You have to work hard everyday and that’s what we are going to do.”