Girls Lacrosse Continues Success
by The Milton Measure on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Girls Varsity Lacrosse started off the season strong with a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida over spring break. Just two days after returning from break, the girls faced Dana Hall and came through with a 14-3 win.
The girls’ current record stands at a solid 3-1-3. Captains Lillie Simourian (I), Claire Russell (II), and Sam Curran (I) lead the team with genuine enthusiasm and love for the sport, while Head Coach Anne Quigley is extremely knowledgeable and encourages the girls to be leaders on and off the field.
The coaching has been an integral part of the girls’ success thus far. Coach Quigley recently started working in the Admissions Office, making her more accessible to the team. Always around campus, Quigley, intensely passionate about lacrosse, can be seen frequently talking with her players.
Assistant Coach Corcoran Downey, an expert defender who played for Boston University, has also been encouraging and helpful to the entire team.
“We have really great team chemistry and get along really well on and off the field,” says Lillie Simourian. “Middlesex was a tough game for us but we are looking to rebound today against Exeter.”
The Mustangs hung on to beat Exeter last Saturday, 9-8, in a nail biter. The game had a good crowd of students and adults, but this has not always been the case. Spring sports in general are a tough draw for fans, but the team thinks it is possible to attract more.
“Girls lax is so fun. The excitement the whole team [has] for the sport and each other is inspiring and so fun,” said Sam Curran, “But the girls know when focus and hard work has to come before fun. Our defense is extremely strong this year with Kat Fearey (II), Ellie Minot (II), Elle Blake (II), Cam Park (II) and goalie Haley Dougherty (II) running it. I’m expecting a great season with a lot of success but also good times.”
A tough hit for the team has been the loss of Curran, who has been out with a knee injury this season. But she is at every practice encouraging the team, and at every game cheering on the sidelines. The girls credit her with being a good leader despite her inability to play.
Junior captain Claire Russell says that the team is “off to a great start. It is clear that the entire team is excited about this season. We have a great group of nine juniors who mesh really well and the chemistry truly shows on both ends of the field.”
Chemistry is definitely a key component in the girls’ success. Teams that do not “mesh” well meet little success, and this team clearly has connected well. Also notable is their overall experience – led by only two seniors, girl’s lacrosse has three freshman, the most of any other spring varsity team. Last year’s team had six seniors, so this young roster is certainly a new look, but one they are making work.
When asked what is important going forward this season, junior Ellie Minot jumped right to the team’s injury woes. “It is key for everyone to stay healthy – if that happens we’ll have a great season.”
The next home game for MA Girl’s Varsity Lax is May 4th against Governors on Voses Field, and the squad is looking to draw a crowd.
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