Girls Lacrosse in Lakes Region Championships vs. Tilton School - Loss (7-10) - May 16, 2018

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.

Girls Lacrosse vs. Cushing Academy - Loss (7-14) - May 12, 2018

Dublin girls played Cushing Academy Varsity for the first time on Saturday before an enthusiastic Cushing Senior Day crowd. Cushing controlled the early draws and the ball, leading to a 3-0 lead.  Dublin dug down and chipped away at the lead tieing the game at 5-5. Cushing again pushed their lead out to two goals before Dublin answered to close the half out at a 7-6 advantage for Cushing.

Whether it was the aftereffects of the prom the night before, Cushing's change in tactics or their superior depth and stickhandling, the second half belonged to Cushing.  Dublin made a series of unforced errors and Cushing rolled their defense at Dublin's leading scorers resulting in a lop-sided second half.  A couple of unfortunate plays gave two easy goals to Cushing that Dublin could ill afford to surrender.  

Senior goaltender Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) made 10 saves to try and stem the tide.  Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff 5G (Dublin, NH) and Stella Davis 2G (Dublin, NH).

Girls Lacrosse vs. Proctor Academy - Loss (7-17) - May 7, 2018

Girls played a good and deep Proctor team tonight on their turf.  Playing our fourth game in six days, Dublin didn't look like the same team - whether that was due to the schedule or Proctors constant pressure. The game was tight for the first five to six minutes. When Proctor scored their third consecutive goal, the air seemed to come out of the balloon.  Too many unforced errors gave Proctor multiple scoring chances.  Dublin ended the half down 10-0 and with limited life.

At the half, Proctor cycled out three of their top players, and Dublin started to find a footing, pushing to make the game competitive.  Dublin started to control the draw and was able to execute and finish. Although it was unlikely that we would be able to find enough to equalize the game, Proctor cycled back in their starters and quickly was able to reestablish its dominance.

Scoring for Dublin: Aggie Macy 2G, 2A (Dublin, NH); Bette Imhoff 2G, 2A (Dublin, NH); Stella Davis 2G (Dublin, NH); and, Camille Pollak 1G (Laconia, NH).  Dublin netminder Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) had nine saves.

Girls Lacrosse vs. Vermont Academy - Win (15-9) - May 5, 2018

Girls took on the Vermont Academy Wildcats on a beautiful spring afternoon. Dublin started fast, scoring 30 seconds into the game.  VA tied the game and then Dublin went on a run to build a sizable halftime lead.  Dublin was led by the faceoff dominance of Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) who won close to 75% of her faceoffs on the day and the offensive output of Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH). VA had no answer for Imhoff -  she had a career day scoring 11 goals and adding 3 assists. Davis contributed 3 goals and an assist and Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) scored a goal to close out scoring.

Dublin's settled defense led by Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ) was stout throughout but struggled on fast break opportunities. With a sizable lead at the half, Dublin got a little sloppy in the middle part of the second half - throwing too many skip passes, allowing easy turnovers and not using the clock. This allowed VA to narrow the gap in the second half. 

Girls Lacrosse vs. Stratton Mountain School - Win (12-11) - May 3, 2018

Dublin girls had their annual tilt against Stratton Mountain School (SMS) on Thursday afternoon. As a ski academy, SMS always has a stable of gifted and well-conditioned athletes and the games are a good test of our aerobic and lacrosse talent.  Probably due to the second consecutive day in the high heat, Dublin started slow and found itself down by three early. Misfires and a lack of patience in the offensive end prevented Dublin from matching SMS's scoring prowess. Stout goaltending early by Dublin netminder Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) prevented the game from getting completely out of hand. Dublin fought back to tie the game at 5-5 but SMS jumped out to another 2-goal lead. 

Dublin's defense tightened up in the second half and the offense started to convert on its opportunities. Dublin forced a 2-goal lead at 12-10 but gave up a goal late to lead to a nervous final 1:30 of play time.  Dublin was able to control the ball and watched the clock expire to earn a hard-fought victory. 

Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff 8G, 1A (Dublin, NH); Liza Runyon 1G, 1A(Peterborough, NH); Adunni Abrams 1G (Brooklyn, NY); Stella Davis 1G (Dublin, NH); and Aggie Macy 1G (Dublin, NH).

Girls Lacrosse vs. New Hampton School JV - Win(17-3) - May 2, 2018

On the first hot day of spring, Dublin traveled to New Hampton School to play their JV team on 90-degree turf.  Dublin completely controlled the early draws and jumped out to an early 6-goal lead.  With another game in 24 hours, the top scorers were substituted early and often and a lot of new players got extensive playing time. Dublin's depth and skill level was decisive leading to a 12-1 halftime lead and a 17-3 final.

Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff 4G, 3A (Dublin, NH); Aggie Macy 2G, 3A (Dublin, NH); Adunni Abrams 3G (Brooklyn, NY);  Stella Davis 2G, 1A (Dublin, NH); Camille Pollak 1G, 1A (Laconia, NH); Laura Qu 1G, 1A (Qingdao, China); Liza Runyon 1G (Peterborough, NH); Gabby Quintero 1G (Union, NJ); Tatiyana Dunkers 1G (Newark, NJ); Sina Abraham 1G (Cambridge, MA); and Robyn McIntosh 1G (Chelsea, Canada).

Girls Lacrosse vs. Brewster Academy JV - Win (14-4) - April 27, 2018

Girls lacrosse took on the Brewster JV team on a rainy afternoon in Dublin. Dublin started fast, notching four early goals on individual drives to the goal. When Brewster took an early time out, the coaches emphasized sharing and moving the ball. On the next ten goals, Dublin tallied seven assists as the ball movement and ball sharing increased dramatically.  With a 12-1 halftime lead, the second half was devoted to getting new players significant playing time and the experienced players attempted to get the newer players scoring opportunities.  

Scoring for Dublin: Aggie Macy - 3G, 3A (Dublin, NH); Bette Imhoff 3G, 2A (Dublin, NH); Liza Runyon 2G, 1A (Peterborough, NH); Jess Meyers 2G, 1A (Scotch Plains, NJ); Tatiyana Dunkers 1G (Newark, NJ); Adunni Abrams 1G (Brooklyn, NY); Camille Pollak 1G (Laconia, NH); and Samantha “Sam” Pfeffer 1G (Lexington, MA).

Girls Lacrosse vs. Stoneleigh Burnham School - Win (17-1) - April 14, 2018

Dublin girls visited traditional rival Stoneleigh Burnham School on Saturday for a Spring Family Weekend game.  Unfortunately, injuries and sickness depleted the SBS team, such that they could not field a 12 member team. We agreed to play 11 on 11 as a result. When an SBS player was injured in the early minutes, we reduced the game to a 10 on 10 contest.

Dublin dominated from the opening whistle with Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) scoring seconds into play.  Macy and Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) scored early hat tricks to force a seven-goal lead. At this point, the coaches pulled most of the offensive starters and put in all five new players who made the trip to get them playing experience.  The half continued with experienced offensive players shuffling in and out and restricted to trying to help the new players get scoring opportunities and learn the game.  Sam Pfeffer (Lexington, MA) and Laura Qu (Qingdao, China) scored their first varsity goals.  

In the second half, many of Dublin's players were moved to unfamiliar positions. This led to a number of defensive players scoring their first goals of the season. 

Scoring for Dublin: Macy (3G, 1A); Imhoff (3G); Liza Runyon (G)(Peterborough, NH); Camille Pollak (2G) (Laconia, NH); Tatiyana Dunkers (2G) (Newark, NJ); Pfeffer (2G); Stella Davis (1G, 1A) (Dublin, NH); Celeste Hopson (1G) (Newark, NJ); Laura Qu (1G)(Bejiing, China). Goaltender Jess Meyers (Scotch Plains, NJ) had 4 saves.