Varsity Girls Lacrosse
Anne Slater Barnes2022
A few of our spring varsity teams had games in the NCISAA tournament this week. We are very proud of their efforts and work! Here are their updates:
GIRLS SOCCER v. HICKORY GROVE CHRISTIAN
The girls soccer team took the long haul to Charlotte to play Hickory Grove Christian school in the first round of the playoffs. It was a rough match-up for the Warriors but they hung tough with the opponent and played hard. Putting two shots in the back of the net wasn't enough to keep up with Hickory Grove and they took a 2-8 loss. Eliza Everett and Julia painter scored the teams goals. "The team gave great effort but it just wasn't quite enough", said coach Cornejo.
BOYS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
The boys lacrosse team along with the varsity girls had a long 4 hour trip to Asheville to start the playoffs. "Hopes were high to bring home a victory as everyone felt we had a chance to win. As usual though, the teams that have given us the hardest time has been those with big, fast and athletic midfielders, and the Blues from Asheville were no exception" said coach Doug Hink. The face-off hero all season, Davis Wall would win the draw, but they were out manned on the wings causing the team to lose many possessions. Asheville played hardball controlling offense and were very efficient with their passes and shots taking a commanding 1st half lead of 10-5. "During half time, we felt pretty down, but as we analyzed things, and we found that we scored on 5 of 7 shots! Unfortunately, we only control 4 minutes of the 24 during the half. We discussed 2nd half strategies which included: intensity, aggressiveness, teamwork and have a no quit attitude", added Hink. While the team still came up short, they scored 4 more goals to their 3 to finish 13-9. Freshman goalie Jack Burke had a tough 1st half, but shut down many really good shooters in the 2nd. The Blues offense wore the Warriors down, but the long poles of (captains Clay Matthews and Henry Koon), Hart Miles, and freshman sensation Walker Tattersail played great and turn the tide in the 2nd half. Scoring for the Warrior's were; senior middies Nolan Homeister (2 goals), Redmond Smith (1 goal), Harper Pennington (1 goal). Defensive long pole Clay Matthew outdid himself again scoring his 2nd goal in as many games from inside the midfield line. Freshman attackmen Ben Brewer scored 2 goals followed by Cooper Berkoff's (1goal and 3 assists) and Owen Thompson's (1goal). Head coach Hink has some final thoughts to add. "To conclude the season, this 4-2 team will be remembered as the team that never quit, had a great deal of pride, and always conducted themselves as champions. What a privilege it has been to lead them this season. We'll done 2022 Warrior's varsity lacrosse team."
GIRLS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
After a long trip out to Asheville with the boys lacrosse team the girls came up against a tough team in their opponent. It was a really hot afternoon on their big turf field and the girls appeared to start with some post-season jitters. They settled down quickly and made some great plays throughout the game that just proved to not be enough against the Blues. Anisa Barutis had a great day in cage making 7 saves. Greyson Woody caused 5 turnovers and put in an amazing effort across the field. "A great effort by all and a fun trip to round out our awesome season. We will miss our seniors dearly", said head coach Christie Dougherty
BASEBALL v. CONCORD FIRST ASSEMBLY ACADEMY
After traveling to Concord Academy at their field in second round of playoffs the boys baseball team lost to a skilled opponent 0-11. Layton Bilderback thru four innings and Preston Cheek finished it out the final two innings. Davis Crowder added an exciting hit. "The seniors Luke Fuller, Jesse Martin and Luke Nelson will be missed. It was a tough loss and we fought really hard. I look forward to those guys doing big things in the future," said coach Lebeda.
TENNIS v. COASTAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (written by Craig Sanguilly '25)
The Warriors got outmatched in the second playoff game of the season against Coastal Christian. With Alex Barroso being absent, and the match being a long way away from home, it was an uphill battle. It started with doubles, 1 and 2 doubles lost, but 3 doubles with David Simpson and Owen Urban pulled through and won in exciting fashion. Considering it was very windy, the singles matches were even more of a challenge. Singles 1 through 5 lost, but Urban was able to pull out another win. I"t was a hard loss for the Warriors on a season ending game." Coach said, "I loved coaching these boys and seeing them improve every time we played. It was great fun, and they should feel proud of themselves."
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.
Many varsity teams, after a rain delay or two, played games on Tuesday, May 3rd. These are their updates:
Boys Lacrosse v. Cape Fear Academy
Varsity boys lacrosse traveled to Cape Fear and took on a mature and skilled opponent in the Hurricanes who scored at will in the first 2 quarters of the game. Closing out the first half with a 13-1 lead Cape Fear kept the pressure on the Warriors who made every attempt to adjust to their offense but couldn’t keep up with the needed coverage. Many of their shots on goal were from close range – goalie Jack Burke hung in there making good stops but the onslaught continued. Offensive scoring for the Warriors came from freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff (2 goals 2 assists), Harper Pennington (2 goals 1 assist) and senior midfielder Nolan Homeister (1 goal). Reflecting on the team head coach Doug Hink said, “in evaluating our progress this season, the thing I look for is how our team reacts to the stresses of play. Can we learn from it? How do we turn it into a positive? When we do good things, how can we make it happen more often? I've see how we've grown together, how we stick up for one another. We could have quit today, but we tried our best and they just got the better. We’ll move on and be better for Thursday's game on our field at 4pm against Arendell Parrott and we'll try to sweep our series with them.” Their game on May 5th is senior night so please come out to support our Warriors.
Baseball v. Grace Christian
After a short delay the boys baseball team continued playing, starting putting runs on the board and didn’t look back. On their senior night they notched a 13-2 against Grace Christian. “It was a great day for baseball and our seniors did not disappoint with a win in their final home game”, said head coach Joe Lebeda. Davis Crowder thru four innings giving up two runs. Preston Cheek came in a finished it out with a scoreless inning. Leading hitter for the game was Layton Bilderback who had three hits. Both Davis Crowder and Grey McMahon both had two hits. Davis Crowder also had team high of 5 RBIs. The team will finish their regular season with a game against Trinity Academy this Thursday May 5th.
Girls Lacrosse v. Durham Academy
After a rain delay and patiently waiting to take the field after the completion of other games before theirs the girls lacrosse team played Durham Academy on their senior night! The team got to honor our 8 seniors with their families and classmates. The seniors on the team are; Elizabeth Wiley, Margaret Batchelder, Elizabeth Holderness, Ardyn Smith, Samantha Leshnock, Anne Slater Barnes, Anisa Barutis, and Ella Bilderback. Head coach Christia Dougherty said that she was “so proud of the tenacity the team showed despite playing a tough opponent in the Cavaliers. The team had goals by Barnes, Ella Carolyn and Grace Viera. Barnes also had 3 draws and 3 caused turnovers. Bilderback had 3 draws and a caused and important turnover. Youngster Kacky Chapman had two draw controls. In the gold Barutis and Leshnock split time defending a barrage of shots. Lechnock had 11 saves!
Soccer v. Grace Christian
Warriors girls soccer team played Grace Christian on a stormy afternoon that caused some delays on the fields. Once they took the field the team did well to control the ball early in the game but couldn’t quite keep up with their own pace as they only had one sub. Their 0-4 loss was still a great night because they were able to honor their three seniors; Holden McLennan, Ingrid Moraes and Eirena Klemes. “They have been a very positive influence on the group and I was happy to be able to coach them”, said head coach Jose Cornejo.
The varsity boys and varsity girls lacrosse teams played on Thursday, April 28th. Here are the team updates from their games.
VARSITY BOYS v. ARENDELL PARROTT
The varsity boys team travelled to Arendell Parrott to face off in a late season conference game. The Warriors had excellent offensive and defensive play that wore down a much bigger Patriot team. The team has reportedly been working on playing with discipline and energy and the team certainly showed those qualities tonight. On the offensive side, freshman Cooper Berkoff lead all scorers with 5 goals and 3 assists, senior middies Harper Pennington and Scott York had 3 goals each with Scott adding 2 assists. Rounding out the scoring was senior middie Nolan Homeister scoring 2 goals and junior attackman Will Horn added another goal. Parrott played hard and aggressive the entire game, but when opportunities came to the Warriors they capitalized on them. Davis Wall controlled the face-off the entire game, winning 13 of 14 face-off. This critical play in possessions set the pace of the game for success. Defensively, the 4 long poles of Clay Matthews, Henry Koon, Hart Miles and freshman Walker Tattersail smothered their offensive players everything they touched the ball. Goalie Jack Burke had a some what boring day, making 2 saves from 3 shots on goal. "Our boys made it a long day for the Parrott offense. I'm very proud of our young men tonight, winning in Parrot's back yard. I'm sure they'll be wanting revenge when they come to play us next Thursday on senior day", said head coach Doug Hink. Good job Warriors!
VARSITY GIRLS v. CAPE FEAR ACADEMY
The girls team took the long haul to Cape Fear Academy where they took the field ready to get the win right off the bat. The group started very strong in the first half and with a lot of aggression and competitive enthusiasm they took a few yellow cards that started to take the wind out of their sails. With some of their steam gone the group wavered during an onslaught of opponent office. With four minutes left in the game the Warriors were down by 2 with a score of 5-7. After head coach Christie Dougherty gave the girls a pep talk the girls retook the field with renewed vigor. Senior Anne Slater Barnes got back-to-back goals slicing through the opponents offense with skill and precision. Then, in an exciting last-moment finish, sophomore Grace Viera scored the game-winning goal to seal the win with 48 seconds left! Meanwhile, freshman Carolyn Ames made her debut in goal and with an impressive 13 saves she frustrated the Hurricane offense. The Warriors defense played aggressive and caused over 18 turnovers. Barnes finished the game with 5 goals. "It was an all around great 8-7 victory. A huge team effort", said Dougherty.
Some of the varsity teams played in early-week games this week despite stormy weather on Tuesday. Here are their updates:
Varsity Girls Soccer v. Cary Christian
The girls soccer team squeezed in a game against Cary Christian traveling there doubtful of play because of a weather system coming through that caused a lot of rain. The wetness didn't keep the team from competing though and they played a much better second half after looking a little sluggish in the first. The effort made for some great stops of the opponent in the second half and some exciting scoring opportunities that just didn't get capitalized on. The team lost 0-4 but Coach Cornejo was "proud of the team for never giving up." The play again on Thursday, April 28th at home against Arendell Parrott at 5:30pm. Come support them if you can!
Varsity Girls Lacrosse v. Fayetteville Academy
The girls lacrosse team took the short ride to Ravenscroft to play Fayetteville Academy. The game was a battle right from the get-go and the team fought the whole time. They were tied back and forth for the second half but the opponent pulled out two goals in the end to defeat the Warriors 18-20. "We had a ton of shots in the last two minutes but their goalie came up big time and saved them", said head coach Christie Dougherty. Carolyn Ames had 7 goals, 4 draws and 5 caused turnovers while Anne Slater Barnes had 5 goals, two assists and three draw controls. "They are a tough team but our girls worked for every ball and never gave up!" coach Christie added. The team takes a long haul to Cape Fear Academy Thursday, April 28th.
Varsity Baseball v. Cary Christian
The boys baseball team traveled to Cary Christian on Monday, April 25th on what turned out to be a beautiful day for baseball. The team was eager to hit the field after a long break of games due to spring break and weather post-ponements. The team fell 3-7 but had impressive moments of play. Davis Crowder threw a strong 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Preston Cheek and Crowder each had two hits and an RBI each. The head coach was "proud of his team. We are improving every game and I am looking forward to us finishing up strong', he said.
Some varsity teams played on April 6th. These are their team game updates:
GOLF (Written by Davis Adams '22)
Warriors Capture Sixth Straight Victory
The St. David’s Golf Team traveled to Talamore Golf Club for a match against The O’Neal School and Westchester Academy. Despite missing senior leader Christian Conway, the Warriors stayed focused and collected another win. St. David’s shot a team score of 307, beating O’Neal by 3 strokes, and Westchester by 20 strokes. St. David’s was led by junior Christian Seamster, who fired a majestic 2-over-par 73 to medal in the match. Star senior duo Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams both turned in 5-over-par 76’s. Eighth grader Preston Hage and senior Grayson Chesson both carded 11-over-par 82’s to finish scoring for the Warriors. Eighth grader Spence Saik, despite not feeling his best, managed a 17-over-par 88. The Warriors have some time off over Easter Break, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going when they return to action.
After soundly defeating Cary Christian in their last game, the Warriors felt good about their chances against Cape Fear Academy as they hosted them at home. CFA, however, had different plans for the group and came ready to play. Winning most of the face offs, CFA seemingly scored at will and the varsity boys had no answer. "They are a traditional power house team that plays lacrosse year round and draws a lot of northern families that look to the warmer coastal climate and comfortable living of NC. Because of their commitment to the game, their style of play is fast paced, aggressive and highly skilled. Unfortunately for us, we were not able to control the ball as we did in our last game," detailed head coach Doug Hink. He added, "we continue to learn from these skilled teams and we are getting better, as we made aggressive adjustments in our game and played a much better 2nd half." Scoring for the Warriors were senior midfielder Harper Pennington and Nolan Ryan with 1 goal each. Freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff also scored a goal and had an assist. Goalie Jack Burke had a lot of activity in the goal, taking a lot of shots from the Hurricane offense. Despite the score, Jack did quite well, making 7 on goal saves. "St. David's has a good group of young men representing their school on the field and I'm proud of them," said Coach Hink.
The girls lacrosse team lost to a great opponent in Saint Mary's but played hard and maintained a great competitive approach to a tough scenario. Anne Slater had 6 draws and 4 goals, and she lead with a good attitude throughout the battle. Ella Bilderback had 8 draw controls and 3 goals. She played so hard and really stepped up as a leader on the field.
"I’m proud of the way my girls showed up and battled for every opportunity. Their goalie made a ton of saves so we’ll be working on finishing our shots, but we look forward to facing Saint Mary’s again soon", said coach Christie Dougherty.
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 traveled the short distance to Cary Academy for a Friday evening game on March 19th. They took on the Chargers after notching their first season win earlier in the week against Cape Fear Academy. The confidence of the team has been building after just a short time in the season but after a slow first half, the team came out and turned it up on the opponent in the second half and played great. The team had another strong showing from Carolyn Ames and Anne Slater Barnes offensively but also had contributions from Greysen Woody and Kacky Chapman who each had their first career goals in this game. The team continued to outplay the Chargers and were held strong with really hard work from Elizabeth Wiley and Samantha Leshnock in the cage. The Warriors completed their win defeating Cary Academy 13-6. Coach Christie Dougherty added that she was "proud of the girls for coming back stronger in the second half and closing out another important win." The girls lacrosse team takes to the field, this time at home, on Tuesday, March 22nd against Ravenscroft. Please come out and support our Lady Warriors! The game begins at 4:00pm.
On a gorgeous March 15th day, the varsity girls lacrosse team traveled to Cape Fear Academy to kick off their 2022 season. The team started off strong with Anne Slater winning the draw and putting them under control early. Early on Carolyn Ames put the ball in the back of the cage that got the girls a lot of great momentum. That start kept going throughout the game and finished with Carolyn Ames having 6 goals and Anne Slater Barnes having 6 draw controls. Sam Leshnock was in goal for the girl time and had 4 saves in her debut in cage. The team rallied behind one another and the seniors showed great leadership throughout. They finished with a 12-8 victory over the Hurricanes and started them with a win to their season. Coach Christie Dougherty said, "I’m really proud of all the girls and the way they stepped up today. It was great to see their hard work come together. There are a thousand small things that have to go right for a win, and everyone was able to contribute today." The girls play again at Cary Academy on Friday, March 18th at 6:30pm.
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