The Warriors girls’ lacrosse team had their biggest challenge of the early season last Wednesday. They went on the road to play the defending state division 1 state champions, Notre Dame Academy of Hingham. NDA is a strong, fast team and their play so far this season indicates that their last season was no fluke. Although the Warriors played well enough to stay in the game, LS lost the game 13-7. The game started well enough for LS by jumping out to an initial 3-2 lead. NDA was aggressively double teaming the ball carrier but LS was able to overcome it. Senior captain Eliza Guild passed out of a double team to find senior Ali Joseph for the first Warrior goal. LS scored again as senior captain Meg Cahill stick handled out of another double team to find senior Whitney Hartstone who put a nice fake on the NDA goalie. Joseph scored again on a nice drive down the center of the offensive zone to put LS up 3-2 with five minutes gone in the first half. However at this point in the game, NDA took over. LS would not score again in the first half as NDA forced turnovers and played tough defense. NDA also kept the pressure on the LS defense. Senior goalie Megan Mullin played very well and made several saves in the first half. NDA led at halftime 11-3. When the second half started, the LS goal drought continued while NDA added two more goals to go up 13-3. The Warriors would not score again until they were eight minutes into the half. Guild started the second half scoring with a nice goal in transition as she spun through three NDA defenders and fired a low shot to the corner of the net. Hartstone would add another goal and Guild would score her third to account for the Warriors scoring. Holding powerhouse NDA to 13 goals was an accomplishment. The LS defense was strong and fast as the foursome of senior captain Caitlin Hullinger, senior Lauren Proctor and sophomores Katherine Yenke and Katie DeFreitas did an impressive job.
On Thursday, LS followed up with a home victory against Dual County League opponent Newton South, 16-2. LS was expected to have an easy victory in this game but it didn’t start the way they envisioned. Newton South won the opening draw and moved quickly downfield to open the scoring. LS moved ahead 3-1 on two goals by Guild and one by senior Emma Palumbo on a crease roll from behind the net. Newton got the next goal to pull within one, 3-2. Coach Bowen Holden then called a timeout to regroup the Warriors. The strategy worked as NS would not score again the rest of the game. The goaltending duties were shared by Mullin and sophomore Makayla Ward who made two saves. The LS defense was outstanding. They only allowed four shots the entire game and quickly double teamed the ball on every NS possession forcing them into many turnovers. The defensive domination resulted in LS controlling the game and allowing many players to record goals in the game. Eliza Guild once again led LS with 9 goals on only 10 shots. Guild was consistently open cutting to the net and she was assisted by great passes from Cahill, Palumbo and senior Elizabeth Krumsiek. Single goals were added by Krumsiek, Hartstone, Joseph, Palumbo, sophomore Clara Bisson and freshman Courtney Quirk. One of the highlights for the team was the last goal which was scored by defender Lauren Proctor. As a defender, Proctor rarely finds herself in the offensive zone. However her teammates made sure that Proctor had an opportunity to score her first goal. They got the ball to her stick and cleared out the right side of the zone. Proctor drove on her defender and bounced a shot past the goalie to complete the scoring.