Marianapolis girls' lacrosse rings out victory bell
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., May. 10, 2011
The Marianapolis Preparatory School girls’ lacrosse team won its first match of the season on May 9, with an 8-6 win over Hyde School. After shaking hands with their opponents, the girls went off to ring the victory bell on campus, a tradition that all winning athletic teams practice.
Goalie Vanessa Wallace was able to make some adjustments in the second half and move out to the edge of the crease to block shots. It was a key to the team’s win. “They were getting breakaways, resulting in scores,” said head coach Daniel Harrop. “She wasn’t facing a lot of shots, but the shots she was taking were one-on-ones. I told her to step out, to come out to the edge of the crease.”
Marianapolis and Hyde School are in the same small class in the SENE. They matched up fairly well in terms of school size and competitiveness, according to assistant coach Michelle Parker.
The Marianapolis team is young, as only six players returned from last year. There are no seniors on the team this season, and many of the girls have never played the game before. Marianapolis requires all of its students to play sports, and many international students have no sports experience at all. This is one of the things Harrop is still working through.
“It’s more a matter of getting them to believe in themselves and having the confidence to do it,” said Harrop, “and not get jittery every time someone gets around them.”
Harrop has a number of first-year players that are also one-year players. Those students will attend Marianapolis for a year and then return to their native countries. But he does expect this year to be a good rebuilding year. He is spending most of his time on the basics - catching, cradling and throwing - and hoping that his players, many of them freshman, will return next year and help grow the team.
Marianapolis Preparatory School Girls’ Lacrosse Coach Daniel Harrop.
First season with the team.
Thoughts on season: “We’re a young, inexperienced team. The question is, ‘How young and inexperienced are the other teams we’re playing?’” said Harrop.
Kylie Beauregard - # 2, Center, Sophomore: This is Beauregard’s second year playing lacrosse and she grounds the team with her offensive skills. While she plays offense primarily, she is just as adept on defense when the time requires.
Jamie Barrette - #3, Defensive Wing, Sophomore: One of only six returning players from last year’s squad, Barrette plays both offense and defense well. While her position is D-wing, she often crosses the line on scoring drives.