Only four games into the season when it was suddenly ended, the varsity girls lacrosse team showed great promise on the playing field. The team displayed great determination in their season opener against equally ranked Windemere Prep School, winning 21-9. The final 2-2 record of the Lady Pirates does not begin to reflect the team's talent on the field. Facing tougher opponents at the beginning of their season, the girls were poised to sweep the rest of their scheduled season games. In their next to last game of the shortened season, the Lady Pirates faced Edgewood High School in a game that was dominated by a tie or a one-point separation throughout most of the match. Showing true grit, the team pulled together and scored the winning goal with just 17 seconds left on the clock.
Head Coach Rick Cassara, along with his assistant coaches, guided the varsity girls lacrosse team on the field this year. Please click on the story's headline to read touching messages from the team coaches.
In a special message to his players, Coach Cassara writes: "While it saddens me to think about the lost opportunity of this season, it has been my absolute privilege to work with this most talented group of seniors over the past four years. They progressed from being hot shot underclassmen to the seasoned players, leaders, and "coaches on the field" they are today. They have been the core of our successes throughout their tenure. Their strong supporting cast will now have the opportunity to step up and fill some very large cleats. I am confident that the legacy of athletic excellence established by our seniors will be carried forward by those who remain behind as they write their own chapter of Pirate lacrosse history."
Samantha Borkovic, assistant coach, issued the following statement as well: "It's important to acknowledge what an incredible group of young women comprise the SES Varsity Girls Lacrosse team! We were led by a skilled, compassionate, and driven group of seniors who brought intensity and joy to every practice. Our underclassmen stepped into key roles and worked hard to develop their understanding of the game. One of the things that impressed me most about this team was their ability to focus and work hard during practices; they showed competitive grit in every drill. I hope they are proud of the effort they put in on the field and recognize the power of their friendships off the field. Go, Pirates!"
Saint Edward's School thanks you, Lady Pirates, for continuing to promote teamwork on the field, for persevering in spite of any obstacles you might have faced, and for leaving a lasting legacy for the younger Pirate fans to revere.