Women’s Lacrosse Excited for New Season

by Kelsey Williams

Women’s lacrosse started off slow with a loss in their first game of the season against San Ramon Valley, 8-13, but has rebounded with recent wins over Oakridge and Berkeley, 11-5 and 9-8, respectively. With new coach Katie McMahon, the team has high hopes of bouncing back from last season’s record of 6-14.

McMahon played lacrosse for five years at UC Davis and holds the record in goals scored, ground balls, draw controls, and turnovers caused. She has three years of coaching experience at BearLax, a high school club team at UC Berkeley.

“Katie is encouraging, nice, funny, and acts like one of the players, but at the same time she has control and knows what she’s talking about. She’s really positive and always looking to help you improve,” said returning varsity player Maddie Zimmerman ‘11.

Last year, the team was disappointed that they didn’t make it to NCS and felt that their record could have been better. This year, the team returns without last year’s five seniors.

“Those seniors are going to be missed, but we have so much potential on our team this year that I don’t think it will be a factor,” said co-captain Erin Walsh ‘10.

This potential comes from a very young team, consisting of only five seniors, three of which are returning varsity players. Their weakness will be their inexperience, but they are hard working, have a strong defense, fast midfield, and great coaching to carry them this season.

Besides captains Walsh and Emily Hinkamp ‘10 other key players include goalie Danie Albo ‘11 and midfielder/forward Alex Seclow ‘11.

“Without Danie’s amazing skill, we would be in trouble. And Alex is unassuming and always there when you need back up. She’s everywhere on the field,” said Zimmerman.

Key games this year include Acalanes, Monte Vista, and Saint Ignatius. As the toughest competitors, all of these teams will challenge Miramonte’s chance of winning DFAL. The team is determined to win DFAL and beyond this year.

“I want to win league this year, really bad. From ‘06-‘08 we were DFAL champs three times in a row. We actually want to appear in an NCS bracket this year, seeing as we didn’t make it last year. I have high hopes for this season with our new, but younger team,” said Walsh.

With five new freshmen joining the team, the team chemistry is quite different compared to last year.

However, this change is a positive one.

“Our chemistry is great this year. Emily and I are making a huge effort to make sure that the team bonds well. From past experience, I know that if you don’t get along well off the field, it is going to be that much harder to work together on the field,” said Walsh.

The Lady Mats played Saint Ignatius on Thursday but results were not available as of press time.