Girls’ Varisty Lacrosse Championship Dreams

The girl’s varsity lacrosse team has a star-studded lineup consisting of experienced upperclassmen and skilled underclassmen. They had an incredible start to their season, winning 9 in a row before suffering their first loss. Currently, as of press time, the team has an overall record of 12-2. In the Marin County Athletic League, the team has a record of 6-0, placing them in 2nd place, just under Marin Catholic.

With last year’s season shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic, returning players have adopted a “going for broke” mentality, wanting to show what the team is capable of.

“We started practicing in December; we had one practice a week with no coaches, just players so we could meet and learn each other’s game,” senior Lauren McKechnie said. 

Escaping pressure, Senior Megan Minturn looks to pass after recovering a blocked shot

The team’s chemistry has played a big part in this season’s success, especially when facing adversity. Having suffered only two tough defeats, against Sacred Heart Prep and St. Ignatius, the team has had a strong rebound thanks to the senior captains. 

This year’s team captains are Coco McColloch, Harper Glass, Grace Minturn, and Megan Minturn, who have been key to the team’s success. Since the preseason they have led the team through many obstacles and adversity in games.

“Our team captains are incredibly talented,” junior Julia Morrow said. “On and off the field they have been great leaders for the team, same with all the seniors.”

According to McKechnie, the season has been going well but noted that the team isn’t satisfied, still wanting to get better. The team is very motivated, not wanting to lose because of the work put in during the preseason. Looking to the near future, the team is eager for the playoffs, having high expectations for both MCAL and NCS championship tournaments.

“From the start, it’s been our goal… we’ve been saying we’re going to win it all.” senior Megan Minturn said, a 4-year varsity player who recently committed to the University of Michigan to play lacrosse. 

According to Minturn, the team contains everything it needs to win but needs some polish to be prepared for the playoffs. Being able to keep applying pressure on the opposing team during the second half is the only issue. Stating that there have been many times when the team has fallen apart at the beginning of the second half because of poor intensity. They would go down by a few goals which led the team to fight even harder to come out with the win. 

Huddled during halftime, the girls get ready for the next half of play

Bringing the right mindset into the second half is going to be key moving forward. Keeping the same energy and intensity going into the second half can be a game changer. Although the team has recovered from losing their momentum before, they have some improvements to make before the playoffs begin. 

“Don’t underestimate us, we’re here to compete,” is Minturn’s message to any team they will face. They are the real deal, they have their eyes set on winning everything and they won’t stop until they get it.