Lady Mats Lacrosse Update

Chris Berg

Miramonte Girl’s lacrosse moved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 20-13 victory over Las Lomas on Tuesday. The Lady Mats were led by captain Hannah Friel ‘14, who scored five goals. Friel, who committed to UC Davis to play lacrosse this fall, leads the team with 20 goals on the year. Caroline Tague ‘15 also contributed with four goals in the game.

At halftime, the Lady Mats clung to a 10-9 lead, but came out firing in the second half, scoring two goals in the first three minutes. “We came out a little sloppy in the beginning, but we pulled ourselves together and the played the way we know how to play,” Tague said. They didn’t look back from there, and at one point extended their lead to 10 goals.

However, the game did not come without some controversy. The parents of the Las Lomas players, known for their harsh comments, were said to be shouting unpleasant remarks at the Miramonte players, but they didn’t let those affect them. “Having been witness to that, it made us coaches really step back and realize just how fortunate we are to have such a positive atmosphere at Miramonte and can only hope that it continues to grow,” first-year coach Melissa Humphrey said.

Tuesday’s win wasn’t the first important win for the Lady Mats. They knocked off perennial power Redwood 16-13 after losing the previous year 7-9. The keys to the improvement have been the coaching change, renewed energy to the program, and more conditioning. “Our coach last year had to commute all the way from San Francisco and had classes in addition to coaching us, and I know she was under a lot of stress”, Kady Richardson ‘14 said. “Coach Melissa has brought so much energy and enthusiasm to our team and it translates to the way we play.”

Also, the team conditioning has ramped up this year. In previous years Miramonte would get tired towards the end of some of the grueling games. They now show up to practice 15 minutes earlier in order to get some more running in. “I feel like this year I can play at the same level the whole game, not just three quarters like last year,” Tague said.

The team also has a goalie, Sommer Veverka ‘16, that had never played the position before this year. However, she hasn’t missed a beat compared to the previous year’s goalie. She has made many important saves including one in crunch time during the win over Redwood.

Three freshman, Taylor Geary ‘17, Lucy Stenovec ‘17, and Katie Hawkins ‘17, all accomplished the impressive feat of making the varsity team their first year of high school. “We love our freshman, they aren’t intimidated at all even though they are younger than all of us, and are big contributors to our success,” Richardson said. The team uses the buddy system, where an older player mentors one of the new varsity players, which adds to the team chemistry.

The Lady Mats have two pivotal games remaining, both versus rival Acalanes. With the type of willpower, unity, and talent they have, the sky’s the limit.