Goalie Emily Ounanian (1) defends the net. Photos by Paul Goldberg
By Douglas McCulloch
Hometown Weekly Staff
The Dover-Sherborn girls lacrosse team has started out the season strong, and is aiming to exceed, last year’s performance.
The team started the season off strong, with a 19-8 win against Ashland. The team suffered its first defeat next against Westwood 17-5, but soon bounced back to winning with a 16-0 win against Bellingham.
The team faced off against Holliston on April 15 and won 15-4.
For head coach Katelyn Barry, she is confident that her team can pull off a tournament run further than last year. Last year, the team made it to the semi-sectionals but was eliminated with a loss to Walpole.
“I think we can have a deep tournament run as long as everyone is focused and healthy,” Barry said. “So far we have made some great gains in the few weeks we have been working with one another.”
After the team’s loss to Westwood, Barry noted the team has improved a lot, but still has work to do.
“We have worked hard on a lot of concepts so far this season, but obviously we have a long way to go,” Barry said. “I think our mentality this year has shifted to focusing on one game at a time, and this has been helpful to adjust each practice to the game we have the next day.”
Looking ahead at potential TVL match-ups, Barry noted Medfield will likely be the team’s toughest opponent of the season. Barry said Medfield has historically been dominated by tough and talented players.
Barry said this year’s team is shaping up to be competitive, with juniors Emma White and Maddie Shue, and senior Lizzie Simms serving as captains. Barry is also eyeing several standout players, including midfielders Ali Jordan and Emma Hanmer, and Cricket Simms on defense.
The team faced off against Medfield on April 26, and will face Medway next on April 28.
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