Girls lacrosse ended their season yesterday playing an elimination game as the 7th seed in the Lakes Region Lacrosse Tournament. Dublin was matched up against the Tilton School who we lost to earlier in the season 9-2. Although Dublin fell 10-7, the game was a great, close contest that demonstrated the significant progress made by the team over the course of the season.
Tilton scored early and built a 2-0 lead. Their first goal was indicative of the play, as goalie Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) made two point-blank saves on Tilton before the second rebound squirted to an open Tilton player who finished. Natson played a fantastic game with 17 saves, keeping Dublin in it early while the defense found its footing. Dublin went on a run and built a 5-3 lead with four minutes left in the half, but Tilton came back scoring its final goal with 6 seconds left to knot the score at 5-5.
With some adjustments on defense, the Dublin defense of Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ); Celeste Hopson (Newark, NJ); Destiny Goncalves (Brockton, MA); Camille Pollak (Laconia, NH); and Jessica “Jess” Meyers (Scotch Plains NJ ) was stout, severely limiting the Tilton offense and frustrating numerous possessions. With about six minutes to play the game was tied 7-7. Dublin had three excellent scoring opportunities but couldn't find the back of the net. Tilton capitalized on theirs, building a 2-goal lead with under 2:30 to play. At that point, Dublin had to break out of its defense and sell out to try and get the ball back. This strategy often leads to a cheap final goal as it did in this instance.
As they have all season, Dublin mid-fielders Stella Davis 4G, 1A (Dublin, NH) and Bette Imhoff 3G, 1A (Dublin, NH) provided the bulk of the scoring. Fellow Senior Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) had two assists. Playing an aggressive all-around game, Davis and Imhoff contributed an amazing 16 ground balls between them.
It was a fitting end to the Dublin School careers of Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY); Stella Davis (Dublin, NH); Destiny Goncalves (Brockton, MA); Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH); Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Canada); Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ); and Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ). These young women have been critical contributors to the best run of girls lacrosse in the school's history. We will miss them.