Girls Varsity Lacrosse Crushes the Competition
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 8th, 2012The Milton Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team celebrated the end of a successful season with a satisfying win over Nobles. With a record of 8-8, the team greatly improved from last year. The team got to know new coaches Anne Sheridan and Corcoran Downey on a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida this past spring break, where they started to train for the upcoming season. Captains Erin Martin (I), Carly Cummings (I) and Sarah Evans (I) reflected on the week of spring training: “We learned plays, improved stick work, and were geared up, excited, and ready for the start of the season. We had lots of work to do, but everybody enjoyed themselves tremendously, whether we were jamming in the van on the way to a practice, relaxing on the beach, or hanging out at night in each other’s rooms.”
Graduating six seniors, the team will have to fill the spots of a number of strong players next year. With three attackers, a midfielder, a defender, and a goaltender in the senior class, a variety of leaders were spread out across the field. “I think the seniors on the team this year were really great,” said defender Sam Curran (II). “It was very dynamic because they were all so different , both personality-wise as well as in their positions on the field. They could offer us different views and different advice. As a whole, I think they were a strong group of kids and I’m going to miss them.”
The three captains did a phenomenal job this season, in not only working with a new coach but also having ten underclassmen, most new to the team. They led with confidence, optimism, grace, and strength, staying steady through difficult losses and exciting wins. Each captain occupied a different position, with Cummings on defense, Martin at midfielder and Evans in goal. Sophomore defender Kat Fearey (III) reflected on the captains in-game presence: “Erin always puts in 110% and hustles after the ball. Carly was super-helpful on defense, especially in the beginning of the season when we were getting our feet under us.”
Kat continued, “I play defense, and having Sevs (Sarah Evans) made me that much more confident because I knew she’d have my back. She always let us know where the ball [was], but, if they did score, she would never focus on what just happened but instead look forward and try to prevent a next one.”
Anne Sheridan, a Boston University alumna, brought her experience, knowledge of the game, and encouragement to the young team. A goalkeeper herself, Coach Sheridan was an expert when it came to instructing the goalies and giving tips about positioning.
Freshman Katharine Flaherty is grateful for the opportunity to play with the Varsity team. She says, “Coach Sheridan has given me so much more knowledge on the game of lacrosse and I have discovered a whole new aspect to the game I didn’t know existed. She has taught me to believe in myself and the others around me. Her talent and dedication is an inspiration for all of us.” Also an inspiration is Assistant Coach Corcoran Downey, a defender who is currently studying Nutrition as a graduate student at Boston University. “Coach Downey is intimidating in a good way,” said sophomore Maddie Warwick. “When she plays with us, we’re scared but we want to get by her because she is so good.”
McKean Tompkins (I), Brighid Noone (I), and Mackenzie O’Neil (I) joined the three captains as leaders on the field. All attackers, the three girls had immense passion for the game and leave big spots to fill next year. Charlotte Ross (II) says, “Mackenzie and Brighid are both great athletes. Mackenzie has an awesome shot, Brighid is super fast and they both have incredible energy on and off the field.”
“I’ll miss McKean because she is so funny and cheerful and also has a really hard shot,” said Maddie. These seniors were role models to the underclassmen. In addition to their skillful and aggressive playing, the girls’ senses of humor brought life to the team and reminded everyone that lacrosse can be fun as well as competitive.
Out of the eight wins this season, the team unanimously agreed that their victory against Nobles was by far the sweetest. The final game brought together everything the team had been working on. The girls played together, the transitions were fast, and the goals were clean. It was a clear improvement from the first few games. The greatest turnaround for the team took place towards the end of the season. Despite a brief dip in morale, the entire team found new energy and finished the season with three consecutive W’s. First year Varsity player Mary Ellis (III) observed a change in the chemistry between the girls at the end of the season. “Not only have we grown as players, but we’ve also grown as a team. We work together much better than we did at the beginning of the season. With great leadership from both our coaches and our captains, this year has been a success.”
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