This year, the girls’ lacrosse team has enjoyed another outstanding season. It ended the season with a near perfect record of 20-2ending the season first in its group.
The team boasted a talented group of seniors, which led it to a winning season. “This senior class has been key to all of our success this year,” junior Alex Hendry said.
As usual, senior captain Olivia Harpel dominated the field, ending her senior year with 101 goals and 37 assists. Giovanna Bonafede has also been vital to the team’s success. “Our captains have been model players for us, and they’ve done an incredible job motivating us for games, even when we’re not feeling great,” Hendry said.
Throughout the season, the team improved as a whole by improving collaboration. “I think as the season progressed they have become even closer. That has helped with cohesion and connections all over the field,” coach Beth Serughetti said. “Our defense has become even stronger in the eight meter (our opponent’s scoring area) due to the unity of our defenders like Morgan Hendry, Morgan Magid, Vic L’Insalata, Isha Singh, Giovanna Bonafede, Sarah Carlen and Goalie Eva Boal.”
The girls won the Mercer County Tournament, beating Princeton 13-11 on May 10. The team barely scraped by Lawrenceville in the quarter finals, but after beating Lawrenceville, it was able to beat Princeton and win the tournament. Goalie Eva Boal had a fantastic game and made six saves, four of which were in the first half. Last year, North failed to win the tournament after a devastating loss to Allentown in the final game.
After winning the MCT, the team focused its attention on States. The team was second seed in the South Jersey group four bracket, with the number one spot going to Moorestown, the only team North lost to this season. The girls entered the tournament with six straight wins and no thoughts of ending their winning streak.
North dominated the tournament, making it all the way to the final game after beating Shawnee 16-10 in the semifinal, which lined up a much-anticipated (and rain-delayed) final against Lenape. Lenape defeated North 17-14.