Eagles’ girls reign as two-time LAX champs
In the two times that the Barrington High School girls’ lacrosse team played Moses Brown during the regular season, the Eagles came away the winner. On Saturday, May 31, the Lady Eagles took a ‘three-peat’, beating the Quakers 14-11, repeating their reign as the Rhode Island State Champions. (see photos)
As the team huddled before the start of the game, head coach Kathryn Tajima emphasized the importance of the players talking to one another to set up against the opponent.
“Communication is the key,” she told the girls.
Even after one of the team’s captains and on-field communicator, Lily Broomhead, was taken from the game due to an apparent knee injury, the team continued to work, putting points on the board and holding off a strong Quakers’ offense.
The two Division I teams squared off at Brown University’s athletic field for the championship game, where the Eagles quickly took a 5-0 lead within the first eight and one-half minutes of play before Moses Brown could score.
At halftime, Barrington had a 9-4 advantage, with Mary Kate Coogan, scoring four of her day’s five goals in the first half. For her game-time efforts, Coogan was selected as the Player of the Game.
In the second half, Moses Brown returned to the field ready to battle for the title.
After the Eagles extended their lead to 12-4, with goals by Mary Kate Coogan, Cameron MacDonald and sophomore, Maeve Gaffney, the Quakers turned up their game.
While the Eagles were able to clear the ball with a long pass toward the Quaker’s net, botched short passes allowed Moses Brown to take possession, converting that to six unanswered goals, bringing them within two goals of the Eagles.
Undaunted, Soutter slammed two more goals into the net for a 14-10 lead, and even when the Quakers’ were able to slip a final goal past goaltender, Kate Clancy, with under one minute left in the game, the Eagles had secured their second consecutive Rhode Island State Championship title.
“Our offense was very focused. We knew Moses Brown would be really tough,” Coogan said after the game. “This is a testimony to our team. We have an amazing senior class. We wanted it to be a game like no other one we played. We had to win,” she said.
For Ms. Tajima, she, too, has been impressed by the level of play the team has brought to their undefeated season.
Her starting seniors, MacDonald, Bramhall, Ainsley Freeman who had an assist, Broomhead, Coogan, Clancy and Soutter, have grown up playing lacrosse together since elementary school.
“The seven seniors have been playing together for so long they know each others’ movements,” she said. “It’s going to be a hard team to replace.”
However, with the experience and skill displayed throughout the season by the team’s underclassmen, there’s no reason to expect that the Eagles will continue to soar in girls’ lacrosse.