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Varsity women’s lacrosse dominates the field this season

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Caroline Rhoad
Dorta competes for the ball against a player from Wake Forest. Wake Forest was one of Wakefield’s toughest opponents this past season.

With the new season progressing, Wakefield High School’s varsity women’s lacrosse team gave it their all this spring. With a record of 9-5 and a conference record of 7-2, their season has stayed strong strong. The team started out the season with a win at an away game on Feb. 26 and since then have continued their winning streak thanks to strong team building.

Varsity Captain, senior Mollie Shoaf, discusses the team’s goals and commitments this season. 

Daniella Dorta is caught mid-stride as she locks her eyes on the goal down the field. (Caroline Rhoad)

“Performance-wise, we just want to keep progressing through the season at each game we play and become a stronger team,” Shoaf said. “Just learning from every single experience and game that we have and bringing that on to the next game [helps us] get better.” 

Students interested in women’s lacrosse are always encouraged to join since the team is eager and excited to play. The team goes to one another’s homes for team dinners every week to gain a stronger bond for the field and a lot of them tend to spend a lot of time with each other outside of those activities as well. The experiences gained from playing and meeting new people can open a new world for lacrosse team members. Katelyn Herb, another senior on the team, shares a women’s varsity tradition that she has experienced and enjoyed.

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You just have to work at it and keep your confidence up, because your confidence is what determines your mindset and that energy comes out on the field.

— Lathram

“One thing I am looking forward to this season is senior night,” Herb said. “Each year I have watched each class of seniors experience their senior night and it is surreal that it is now going to include me and my time on this team is coming to an end.” 

Many of the freshmen playing lacrosse are also excited for senior night. This includes Lillian Lathram, who has mentioned that it is truly a bittersweet tradition. It is always sad to see teammates go, but it is a great reminder of the new people you can meet later on. For the upcoming students who may be interested in doing a sport or lacrosse, Lathram has some advice.

“I would say it is a really fun sport to play,” Lathram said. “The team is very welcoming and the coach is amazing and hilarious. You just have to work at it and keep your confidence up, because your confidence is what determines your mindset and that energy comes out on the field.” 

Ella Ruffino has her head in the game as she anticipates a pass from a teammate. (Caroline Rhoad)

Captain Jessica Dean of women’s lacrosse speaks out on bonding activities. 

“As a team, we participate in many off-the-field bonding activities to bring us closer, we volunteer with the elementary school and Miracle League.”

The women’s lacrosse team continues to be on the top of their game this spring season and they plan to keep going, leaving a lasting legacy for the future players. 

“This year is a turning point for Wakefield Women’s lacrosse,” Herb said. “It is evident that the level of play is increasing; we are winning games that we had not in the past and I hope that this trend only continues in the years to come.” 

 

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