On Wednesday the Girls' Lacrosse team traveled to Providence Country Day for their first game of the season. As it was just their 2nd time on a full field this year the beginning of the game was about adjusting to positioning and facing opposition. The team made some tweaks and was able to develop some offensive opportunities to close out the first half. Dublin found themselves trailing 8-3 at halftime, with the majority of PCD's goals coming off of free position opportunities. Combined with a more disciplined defense Dublin was able to muster some sustained offensive pressure in the second stanza. The final score was 15-8 in favor of PCD.
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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 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).