Varsity Girls Lacrosse
The varsity girls and boys lacrosse team will be playing in the quarterfinals of the NCISAA State Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday, May 12. Support the Warriors by attending the away game or watch the live stream.
St. David's vs. Asheville School
Varsity Girls - 4:30 PM
Varsity Boys - 6:30 PM
360 Asheville School Road
Girls varsity lacrosse played Ravenscroft on Friday, May 6th. They were delayed by the late afternoon storm, so after waiting out the hail in the parking lot, the team got right to business on the field. "The girls played really tough against a good team", said coach Dougherty. Seniors Samantha Leshnock and Anisa Barutis split time in cage and each had a few great saves. Ella Bilderback has impressive play with two goals, an assist, four draw controls and caused three turnovers. Anne Slater Barnes had three goals, an assist and four draw controls. Carolyn Ames, Margaret Batchelder, Medlin Weddington, Kailyn Woodall and Grace Viera each had a goal as well. There were seven different goal scorers! The team lost 11-14 but is back at competition soon.
The varsity girls lacrosse team went to Fayetteville Academy on Tuesday, March 29th. After the long bus ride the girls came out weak and on their heels in the first half and the opponent took advantage of this outscoring the Warriors going into half-time. The girls regrouped and came back much stronger in the second half but couldn't quite come out of the hole their first half play had put them in. Strong plays and standout players included Anne Slater Barnes with 3 goals, and assist and 7 draw controls, Carolyn Ames with 6 goals, and assist and 3 draw controls. Ella Bilderback contributed 3 goals and 3 draws while Kacky Chapman added a goal, 4 draws and caused an important turnover. Grace Viera played great and added 4 goals, an assist, 3 draw controls and also caused a turnover. The team ultimately fell 20-29 but "turned around in the second half and played valiantly" said head coach Christie Dougherty. The team plays again on Friday, April 1st at Cary Academy.
It was a packed Tuesday of spring season games on March 22nd. Here are the team updates.
Varsity Boys Lacrosse
It was a beautiful day for lacrosse, but the day belonged to Ravenscroft as they maintained offensive possession for 41 min out of 48 min of regulation play in their game against the Warriors. With the exception the 2nd quarter, the game was closer than the score shows. The team made good progress in all aspects of the game, but the small things have kept the team from making bigger strides towards success. The one goal of the game came from midfielder Harper Pennington who took the ball from down the middle, made a great dodge and got the ball in the net. Freshman goalie Jack Burke did a great job in the goal and despite being peppered from the opponent is showing great promise. The final score was defeat for the Warriors 1-14. "The most challenging part of our season is now behind us and we look for the team to make their mark on the conference", said Coach Doug Hink.
Varsity Boys Tennis (written by Craig Sanguily)
The Varsity boys tennis team played against Raleigh Charter School at Pullen Park and had another tough loss. With Craig Sanguily and Tom Deloche absent, the lineup had was changed significantly. Lucas Pisciotta played 2 doubles and 1 singles match, losing his singles and one doubles match. The final score was 2-7 with 1 win and great play in doubles from Lucas Pisciotta and Owen Urban. Alex Barroso won his singles with more great play and keeping pressure on his opponent. Coach was "proud of Lucas for testing his limits and playing 3 matches. It was a hard game to win with the absences." The Warriors will play again next Thursday, the 31st against Arendell Parrot Academy.
Varsity Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team hosted Ravenscroft on a beautiful day. The team came out very strong in the first half and stayed neck-and-neck in the score through the half ending the second half only down 1, 7-8. After a tough battle back and forth in the first half, Ravenscroft showed up tough in the second half. Despite a great effort across the board, the team couldn’t get the ball off the draw or find the back of the net in that second half. "I’m proud of the way the girls continued to compete despite it, and look forward to working on our opportunities for improvement." The final score was 21-11 with some really important and impressive play by Anne Slater Barnes, Carolyn Ames, Kailynn Woodall and Margaret Batchelder offensively and some great stops by Samantha Leshnock and Elizabeth Holderness on defense in addition to some awesome stops by Anisa Barutis in the cage.
The Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team played their last game of the season against St. Mary’s School. This game was the first game of the playoffs and a tough loss for the Warriors. The score concluded 6 to 18. Each player played long and hard with all of their heart and mind on the field. The season was sad to come to an end, and the Lady Warriors will miss their Seniors, Sarah Curtis McClatchey, Lauryn Bailey, and Evelyn Hawkes. Anne Slater Barnes started the game off at the draw and won draw control. Ellie Stoltz and Sarah Curtis McClatchey scored one goal each. Ella Bilderback and Anne Slater Barnes each scored 2 goals. Goalie Lauryn Bailey did her best to block as many shots as she did, but it was a tough game. This left the game 6 to 18. The Warriors were sad to see their season come to an end. Coach Eades told the team, “All of you have improved so much this season and contributed a great amount to this team; you all will be missed.” The team will miss their coaches too. Until next season Warriors.
Fired up from the last game versus Cape Fear, the Lady Warriors started strong. With Anne Slater Barnes and Ella Bilderback fighting for the draw, the girls were able to take possession. Defense communicated and worked together to stop Cape Fear from scoring. Cape Fear managed to get a couple early shots, however, Lauyrn Bailey had many saves that helped. In total, she had 6 stops and every time she made a perfect pass on the clear. Many times throughout the game Ellie Stoltz and Ella Bilderback were able to guard all the way up the field. Ellie Stoltz back checked 3 times and forced turnovers. The score continued to go back and forth as number 10 on Cape Fear and Anne Slater Barnes continued to rip the ball. Ellie Stoltz did an amazing job rolling off her defender’s shoulder and headed straight to goal on a wide open shot. In the last minute of the first half, the Warriors scored two goals, making the score 6-7. Coming together at halftime, the Lady Warriors strategized together and encouraged each other on to not let down. Starting the second half, Anisa Barutis cut down the middle of the field and called for the ball. Anne Slater Barnes saw her and threw a straight pass that Anisa Barutis snatched and launched in the back of the net. With continuous shots from Cape Fear’s number 10, the Warriors, unfortunately, did not win, but they never gave up. Great defense from Elizabeth Barnes, Greyson Woody, and Grace Viera helped the Warriors take possession. All the way until the horn, the defense got amazing stops and the attackers fought hard. Sadly, the game ended at 13-15. However, the girls are ready for playoffs next week and will use this game to fuel their inner Warrior.
The St. David’s Lady Warriors played a close first half game against the Saints. The game was long and hot, but the Lady Warriors tried to put up a close fight. The first half concluded in an 8 to 8 score. Anne Slater Barnes started off a strong game with many draw controls leaving the team with possession. The points were racked up by Anne Slater Barnes, Ellie Stoltz, and Ella Bilderback scoring. Ellie Stoltz had a great game and scored a total outcome of 5 goals as a middle schooler playing for the varsity team. Senior Lauryn Bailey played another outstanding game with a great first half with over 10 great saves. Sarah Curtis McClatchey, Greysen Woody, and Samantha Leshnock had great games as well by leading their team on the field causing many turnovers by intercepting and on defense. The second half the Warriors defense got a little sloppy and everyone was tired causing the Saints to take a strong lead. The game concluded with the score of 10 to 18. It was a tuff loss, and the Warriors were not satisfied with the outcome but are ready to take on Cape Fear tomorrow and win the game in honor of their head Coach, who will sadly not be present at the game. The Warriors will be on the road on Friday as they travel to Cape Fear Academy.
The sun beat hard on the field, yet the Warriors played through the heat. Starting the game off with 3 back to back goals from Ella Bilderback, Medlin Weddington, and Kailyn Woodall, the Warriors were a step ahead. Defense continued to stop the ball, not letting Fayetteville get any shots off. Winning the draw in the first half, thanks to Anne Slater Barnes, was an essential factor that allowed the Warriors to keep possession and score. With a few more shots from Grace Viera, Anne Slater Barnes, and Ella Bilderback and many goalie saves from Lauyrn Bailey, the Lady Warriors maintained their lead. Grace Viera received the ball at the circle and ran down the field as Elizabeth Wiley cut around the crease, passing all defenders. Grace threw the perfect pass and Elizabeth immediately caught it and ripped it in the back of the net, making it her first goal of the season. The Warriors persevered all the way until the half, still in the lead 11-9. Both teams played with zero subs however they both played consistently and never gave up. The score went back and forth. The Warriors would be up and then a second later Fayetteville would steal it from under their cleats. There were other goals from Anisa Barutis and Anne Slater Barnes, yet Fayetteville stole the lead. In the last minute, Ella Bilderback scored, making it 16-17. Unfortunately, Fayetteville secured the draw and was able to hold possession for the remainder of the game. Elizabeth Wiley said, “It was an unfortunate loss, but I know our team is ready to come back out and play hard against Saint Mary’s and Cape Fear.” Let’s Go Warriors!
The St. David’s Lady Warriors played a long nerve-racking and exciting game against Cary Academy. Cary Academy put up a great fight, but the Lady Warriors brought home a win! Each team played a close and intense game with the concluding score, 7-8 in overtime. In order to bring home the win the Lady Warriors had some amazing highlights. Starting the game off, Anne Slater Barnes took the draw and fought for the ball but, Cary Academy received possession of the ball. Defense worked hard and focused of getting the ball back. Samantha Leshnock did a wonderful job on defense and turned over the ball 4 times throughout the game. Lauryn Bailey also had an amazing game blocking 7 hard shots to the goal leading the team to victory. Ella Bilderback also made the first shot for our team which got the team hype and ready to win. Later on, Anne Slater Barnes made a total of 3 shots and won the draw control 4 times. Kailyn Woodall and Grace Viera also scored leaving the score at 6-7 with 20 seconds left in the game. It was then Chargers ball but then, Elizabeth Barnes checked the opponent with the ball and scooped the ground ball up, passing the ball to Anne Slater Barnes with 10 seconds left and Anne Slater Barnes ran the ball to goal leading the team to overtime. Overtime was settled for 3 minutes sudden victory which meant, whatever team scored first would win. The 3 minute overtime went by and still no one had scored. This was considered the most nerve-racking and longing part of the game. There was then 3 more minutes to the clock and the Lady Warriors had possession of the ball. The Warriors slowed down the offense and passed for quite a while, but then Elizabeth maintained the ball and went to goal and slung the ball to the back of the net and in that moment, everyone screamed and realized that the Lady Warriors had won. This night both teams played an outstanding game, and the Warriors were very satisfied with the outcome and are ready to take on the next game with another win.
The Lady Warriors lacrosse team played an insane game tonight, almost fighting back for the win. The Warriors sadly lost by 1, but according to coach the game was not a loss. Starting off the game down and heading into the end of the first half down by 9, the Warriors decided to turn the game around. Anne Slater Barnes and Ellie Stoltz worked together running the ball up the field and making cuts to score. In less than 7 minutes the Warriors had scored 10 goals making it a point game going into the half. Fayetteville began to panic. In the second half the Warriors managed to take the lead with goals from Kailyn Woodall, and Sarah Curtis McClatchey. Anisa Barutis had two outstanding goals making them her first goals of the season. The battle continued all the way to the last seconds. In the last minute of the game Fayetteville was up by 2, but Anne Slater Barnes scored, making the game 19-20. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not score again but the game showed how hard working and persevering the team is. After, the game we were able to celebrate our seniors: Sarah Curtis McClatchey, Lauryn Bailey, and Evelyn Hawks. These 3 seniors have brought leadership and encouragement to the team along with their amazing lacrosse skills. Sarah Curtis McClatchey says “It was definitely sad playing in my last home game but it was both exciting and encouraging to see the team work together to come back from an 9 point deficit and almost pull out a win.” Thank you Seniors; we hope to take the win at our next game against Cary Academy.
The varsity girls lacrosse team played a great and intense game of lacrosse against Cape Fear Academy. Each team played long and hard until the game had concluded with the score of 12 to 17. Unfortunately, the St. David’s Warriors had lost. The game was lingering and tough, but the Warriors still put up a good fight with amazing highlights throughout. Anne Slater Barnes started the game off by taking the draw. Cape Fear had won possession leaving the Lady Warriors on defense. The midfielders ran quickly down the field and helped defense mark up on the other team. The Warriors then stole the ball back and Ella Bilderback ran down the field taking the first shot of the game. Following up, Ella scored a total of 2 shots in the game. Cape Fear the had won possession and the Warriors went back to defense guarding the goal. Our goalie, Lauryn Bailey had 9 great saves throughout the game. One ball that Lauryn Bailey saved was beautiful and somewhat painful. She took a rough and smart hit to the shoulder and blocked a goal from one of Cape Fear’s best players. Lauryn Bailey never gave up. Back at the draw, Anne Slater Barnes then won the Warriors possession and sprinted down the field to score. Anne Slater Barnes had excellent game with 5 total shots. Elizabeth Barnes also had a remarkable game with 3 turnovers, running the ball up and down the field, and scoring her first goal of the season. Later on, Sarah Curtis had a great interception in the game, where she then ran down the field ripped through 2 defenders, cutting to the goal making a clean and sharp shot. Kaylin Woodall and Grace Viera scored as well by running cuts and their new play called “blue”. The play work effectively letting Grace Viera to score 2 goals from it. Even though the Warriors did not get the turn out they expected, the coaches were proud of each of them and for all the small successes throughout the game. Cape Fear Academy put up a good fight but next time the Lady Warriors will fight back even harder to bring home the next game with a big success.
The St. David Warrior’s girls lacrosse team played St. Mary’s in a travailing battle last night. Both teams fought until the last horn sounded, but sadly the Saints took the win. The final score was 8 to 16. Although the Warriors lost, they never backed down and there are some key moments to highlight. Anne Slater Barnes started off the game with obtaining the first draw, which allowed the Warriors to be on offense first. The ball went back and forth to offense and then back to defense as the midfielders quickly ran down the field. Lauren Bailey, our goalie, had two amazing saves right at the start of the game and never once did she give up. In total she had 11 beautiful saves and definitely took some hard hits. Defense played with tremendous effort causing the ball to be turned over 7 times and allowing the team to set up on offense. The refs did not leave much room for defense to be aggressive but defense continued to add pressure. Grace Viera took the ball from one end of the field to the other and scored against three defenders trampling her. The team only has 13 players and with some early injuries some of the middle school girls willingly played this afternoon. Nerves definitely did not take a hold of middle schooler Ellie Stoltz. She ripped through defenders and ended up scoring 5 out of the 8 goals. With incredible teamwork between Ellie and Ella they were able to make cuts and get open shots. Anne Slater Barnes also had an outstanding goal early in the game. And to end the game, Ella Bilderback launched the ball right at the back of the net. The turnout was not what the team wanted but there were many improvements and the Warriors are ready for the next game. The Lady Warriors will travel to Cape Fear Academy for their next game on Friday, April 9.
S. Leshnock '22