After a win of 22-5 over Thomas Edison HS on Thursday, the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse team became Conference champions for the first time in Marshall history.
The head coach of varsity, Nicole Clinton, was confident in the team’s abilities prior to the championship game.
“We have four seniors who are very dedicated and they have their sights set on the State Championship,” Clinton said, “and I think the underclassmen follow that leadership and they see that vision and they want to be a piece of Marshall history.”
Junior Mary Hagopian looks forward to the regional tournament and cites the momentum that winning the championship has given the team.
“It’s gonna let us keep that winning mindset,” Hagopian said.
The coach emphasizes the support and guidance the seniors give to the underclassmen as a key strategy to success.
“It all starts with leadership,” Clinton said.
The new conference alignment allowed the team to prepare by playing against a mix of old Liberty District teams and new Conference 13 teams in the regular season.
Hagopian appreciates the re-alignment, but notes that most of the post-season success can attributed to team improvements.
“I truly believe that it was our hard work and dedication that got us where we are,” Hagopian said. “No matter the conference, we would’ve given any team a run for their money.”
In contrast to a 5-8-2 record last season, the team has improved to 13-4 , breaking the girls lacrosse record for most wins in a season.
Senior Alexis Fahrney said that this has, “by far been the best season for our team.”
“We definitely had some tough losses, but our team just got better and learned from those games,” Fahrney said.