Girls Lax Falls in Sectional Final
Lincoln-Sudbury was too much for Lady Warriors lacrosse
Both teams were nicknamed “The Warriors”, they were number 1 and number 2 in the section, and they had won their opening round games by a combined score of 107-39. Yet, last night at Eugene Lovely Field in Andover it was more about control than competition as Lincoln-Sudbury led wire-to-wire to win their first Division 1 North section defeating Andover 17-9.
“It’s unbelievable,” junior captain Rachel Sexton said. “It’s been such a long, hard season. We just worked so hard. This was our goal the whole time.”
Sexton was a one-girl machine for L-S, pumping in five goals and adding an assist in the win. Sophomore Abby Quirk added a pair of goals and three assists while junior Madison Acton netted four goals in the win. Senior Captain Jenna Kabat added a hat trick of her own.
Even with all of the offensive firepower, the real star for L-S was goaltender Katie Boyle. The Davidson-bound senior turned aside a dozen shots for the Warriors and kept the potent Andover offense to their lowest goal total since April 14.
“I was waiting for this game all day,” Boyle said. “When I finally got out here our team was really connecting. We were really confident and I think it translated into myself and how I played.”
Lincoln-Sudbury opened up early, jumping out to a 4-0 lead, but Andover fought back. The Golden Warriors rallied to make it a 5-4 Lincoln-Sudbury lead. Senior captain Jen Caro had two of her five goals during that stretch for Andover.
Lincoln-Sudbury would turn on the jets after that, going on a 6-1 to end half and put Andover in a six-goal hole.
“Our goal was to spread it out,” L-S coach Deb DeJesus said. “We were a little frantic at first. We wanted to spread out the attack and keep the ball in our stick.”
The Warriors scored two of the first three goals of the second half, but a three-goal run by Lincoln-Sudbury put the game out of reach for good.
Seniors Meghan Morris and Sara Miller along with sophomore Jaclyn Torres and freshman Weezie Gross scored for Andover.
“It wasn’t our best day,” Andover coach John McVeigh said. “That’s a credit to Lincoln-Sudbury. They’re a great team. I think falling in the hole early made us play a style we weren’t used to playing. Overall, it doesn’t diminish definitely what has been the best season any Andover team has ever had.”
For Miller, Morris, Caro, and Emily Shields, it was the last time they would suit up as Golden Warriors.
“The people I feel worse for is those four,” McVeigh said. “When they were freshman we had a pretty tough season, and they’ve led us to the best season we’ve ever had. I’m incredibly proud of them. I’m lucky to have coached them.”
Up next for Lincoln-Sudbury is a date with the top-ranked team in the state, Westwood, Tuesday at 5:30 at Wellesley College. A win on Tuesday would earn L-S a shot at the state championship.