by Colleen Yates ’18
The girls’ lacrosse team predictably had a successful regular season, going 13-1 with the team’s only loss on May 3 against Churchill. Throughout the season, the team scored an average of 20 goals per game, usually doubling the scores of their opponents. Sophomore Lauren Chrosniak had a stellar season in goal, keeping opponent’s goals in the single-digits in almost every game.
Everything gets significantly more difficult in the playoffs, however, particularly when the Warriors play strong lacrosse programs from other counties. The Warriors discovered that harsh truth in a loss in the Regional Final to Dulaney by a score of 17-7. Dulaney, from Baltimore County, went 9-6 in the regular season and will advance to play Manchester Valley on May 30.
The girls previously won 14- 10 in a hard-fought playoff game against Urbana. Officials stopped the game on Monday, May 14, due to dangerous weather conditions, and play resumed the next day.
“We didn’t come out as strong as we wanted at first,” commented senior Emily St. Laurent, who has played on the varsity team since her freshman year. “But we came back stronger and pulled ahead and we ended up with the win.” The day-long break allowed the Warriors more time to get themselves together and come back stronger with a better understanding of their opponents.
Senior Captain Anna Lippy and junior captains Emma Eustace and Abbey Rose all scored goals against Urbana, as well as juniors Haley Allen and Katie Cunius.
“We were all really excited and wanted to win so bad,” said Rose. “We played hard the whole game and we were not going to let up. The work paid off and we won.” Rose looks forward to another great season with her team, and hopes the team will make it even further next year.
“The game [against Urbana] was a very good test of wills,” Coach Kelly Hughes commented afterwards. “We have a very talented team but haven’t been able to prove anything all season. Yesterday we proved it.”
Earlier in the season, Hughes had explained that the team has a deep bench with “a lot of options when it comes to who is playing which position.” Last year’s team was almost entirely new after 12 players graduated, but the team matured greatly in their rebuilding season and had clearly come in even stronger this year.
The season was sadly cut short last Wednesday. “We were playing very well but Dulaney was used to more challenging competition; we weren’t,” said senior Heather Chidel. “It was hard to go out like that, but I’m grateful to have been a part of this team.”