Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Apr 10, 2018
- FALCONS: 17
INTER-LAKES HIGH SCHOOL: 6
By JAY McAREE
BOW – The hopes were high that last season would be the one where the Bow girls’ lacrosse team broke through for its first title since 2009. When the Falcons fell short in the semifinals, the team learned that even as favorites, nothing comes easy.
“We were the favorite team and ended up coming in fourth. I think coming off a season like that shows us that we need to be a little more humble and really work for what we get,” Bow senior Shannon Murray said. “But I think we look pretty good this year.”
Tuesday’s result would agree with Murray’s assessment.
Bow received scoring from eight different players, including four goals on four shots from returning junior midfielder Sofia Darrell as the Falcons opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough at Bow High School.
“I think it’s important to start the season on a good note,” Murray said. “So that way you kind of carry along the positive vibes and positive mojo throughout the whole year.”
It didn’t take long for the Falcons to find those positive vibes.
After ILM opened the scoring in the first minute for the early lead, the Falcons responded with five unanswered goals and kept building from there. Bow scored five more times in the first half for a 10-4 lead at the break, and got the second half going by scoring the first three goals of the frame for a comfortable edge.
In total, the Falcons scored 17 goals on seven assists with team-wide contributions. Behind Darrell’s scoring outburst, senior Lindsey Nelson poured in three goals on three shots, while Sonya Delorie, Emma Gagne, Charlotte Ulrich and Elizabeth Guertin all finished with two goals apiece. Freshmen Barrie Guertin and Makayla Murray each scored once.
“There were a little bit of jitters but it was good,” said Bow coach Chris Raabe, who’s in her 19th season with the program. “There’s a lot of combinations (on attack) which is nice to see. It wasn’t just one person driving to goal, there’s a lot of passing going on.”
For ILM, the contest was less about the result and more about continued development. After integrating nine firsttime players into the program last year, the Lakers brought back a nice core of sophomores led by Reagan Buhrman, who scored all six goals for ILM against the Falcons.
Facing Bow in the opening game was a tough task, but third-year coach Beth Doda was encouraged by the performance.
“We’re a very positive team and this is a very high-energy team so I’m excited,” Doda said. “Not by the score, but I’m excited for how we performed today and what we take away. ... Half of our team is sophomores so this year we’re going to build and build and build and as this goes on, it will be a really great group of girls to watch play and grow.”
Coming off a 5-9 season, the Lakers are hopeful to make an appearance in the tournament this spring. Learning from a team that made the final four a year ago goes a long way toward that goal.
“When you see a team that plays like that, and my girlsdon’t give up or throw in the towel, hopefully they learn from it, learn how to move the ball and I think it will be good,” Doda said.
ILM hosts Pelham on Thursday for its first home game. Bow heads to Plymouth on Friday as the Falcons gear up for what’s hopefully another strong campaign.
“I don’t think we’re looking too far ahead, it’s a pretty new crew,” Raabe said. “A ton of starters graduated so we’re kind of feeling our way through with a new group and a different vibe.”