After reaching the state tournament for the first time in program history in 2017, the Silver Lake girls lacrosse team made a return appearance this spring to the postseason, finishing 12-7 and placing four girls onto the Patriot League All-Star team.
KINGSTON – After reaching the state tournament for the first time in program history in 2017, the Silver Lake girls lacrosse team made a return appearance this spring to the postseason, finishing 12-7 and placing four girls onto the Patriot League All-Star team.
“We lost eight seniors from the year before so we thought it would be a rebuilding year, but the girls stepped up and by the end of the season we really found our rhythm and it ended up being a very successful year,” head coach Taylor Wiedmann said.
Seniors Cameron Daly and Devin Zambruno were named to the elite team for the second straight season, Daly, a midfielder, finished her career with more than 100 goals. Zambruno, the goalie, directed the defense from between the posts.
“We put Cam on the circle and she came up big for us with groundballs and balls in the air,” Wiedmann said. “Devin will be one of the hardest people to replace. She was amazing. She was always looking to get better and she had one of the biggest impacts on our defense.”
Junior attacker Ann Chapman, who led the Lakers in scoring, was also named an all-star. “She was outstanding. She had a knack for finding the back of the net and was very patient on the attack,” Wiedmann said.
The fourth all-star was sophomore midfielder Alyssa Murphy, who was playing lacrosse for the first time after being on the softball team the previous spring. “She has athleticism and her drive and situational skills are amazing,” Wiedmann said.
The Lakers will graduate four seniors in all, with defender Morgan Amaral and attacker Sarah Brockway also completing their careers. They will also lose sophomore Natalie Nemes, who is transferring to Tabor Academy.
One of the keys to this season’s success was the play of the Lakers’ defense, which returned only Amaral as a starter. But junior Katie Riley, and sophomores Maize Condon and Emily Fagan stepped into the lineup and formed a solid unit.
“Our entire defense just came together, even though they were really young,” Wiedmann said.
Junior midfielder Colleen Foley, who split time between attack and midfield, was also a major contributor. “She is definitely someone we will be looking to next year,” Wiedmann said.
Although the Lakers are losing five starters, Wiedmann is confident they can return to the postseason for the third straight year in 2019.
“We have the numbers and we have people on our junior varsity to step in, so I think we will be a strong team next year,” she said.