Girls' lax success measured in participation, not wins

Girls' lax success measured in participation, not wins

The success of the Bishop Lynch Lady Friar lacrosse program wasn't measured by wins and losses during its freshman season, but instead by participation numbers.

Head coach Liz Holmes instead stressed the acclimation timeline it takes to fully understand a game like lacrosse, and was pleased with the initial turnout.

"It was a successful first season, with 40 girls participating on either the varsity or junior varsity teams," Holmes said. "Every player on every team we went up against has been playing lacrosse for years, so our success is not measured in wins and statistics. Lacrosse requires specific skills, and it takes time to gain competency. Our players took advantage of the opportunity BL gave them to participate in a sport and enjoyed themselves."

The varsity team was winless in its inaugural season, but still earned a bit to the North District postseason. The JV earned one win but suffered a total of four losses by just a single goal, indicative of how competitive the team was in the spring.

"Lacrosse is a difficult sport, so next year there may be some girls who realize it's not for them, but most girls will return," Holmes said. "We'll recruit incoming freshmen as well as upperclassmen, and anticipate similar participation levels next year. The experience our girls gained this year will certainly give us a head start for next season."

Lindsay Tujague (five goals) and Millie Hall (four goals) led the team in scoring while Lainey Mandeville posted 60 saves during the season. Bella Mendoza led the team in forced turnovers (6) while Hall (10) and Mendoza (9) were the leaders in ground balls. Tujague also posted six draw controls.

For more information about, or to join the Lady Friar lacrosse program, contact Liz Holmes by email at liz.holmes@bishoplynch.org.