Varsity Girls Lacrosse 2018-2019 Season
George School vs Peddie School (Scrimmage)—Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.
George School @ Perkiomen School—Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The girls’ varsity lacrosse team traveled to Perkiomen School to play our first contest of the season. It was a cold day, but a beautiful day to play the sport we all so love! The game proved to be an exciting one, with every possession being crucial to maintain. Halftime score was tied 8-8, with the lead going back and forth between the two boarding schools. In the second half, the game was equally as intense. George School prevailed though with the winning goal being scored with about five minutes left by junior Eva Kinnel (three goals, one assist), assisted by junior Alexandra Long (two goals, three assists). The attack was led by junior Emily Matson, who notched five goals and had one assist and Sara Matson, another junior, who put in four and had one assist. Sophomore Caroline Eagen scored the first goal of her career, and junior Aisha Turner put one between the pipes as well. Senior Lea Jensen and sophomore Ella Davidyock each assisted once. Emily, Alexandra, and senior Vanessa Baker led the way on defense by earning a number of groundballs (a change of possession) and caused turnovers (causing a possession change). For draws, Emily Matson (five DC) and Jensen (three DC) led the way with winning the ball. Freshman Irion Thompson earned the win, stopping eight shots on goal!
We played some good team lacrosse throughout the game! Clearly, there is so much potential for us as a team! Can’t wait to see how much we grow this season! Next games are Friday at 4:00 p.m. against Conwell on our beautiful turf field and then on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Delco Christian, again on our turf! Hope to see you then!
Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Conwell-Egan Catholic High School—Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity lacrosse team hosted local rival Conwell Egan on our turf on Friday for our first home game of the season. It was a rainy and cold afternoon, but the girls arrived to the field ready to work hard as a team! Work they did and it paid off, as the Cougars won 14-6. The defense did an extraordinary job of defending the arc and stopping the attack from scoring.
Communication was the key! Led by freshman goalie, Irion Thompson (twelve saves), the defense collapsed, double-teamed, checked, and won groundballs – an impressive, well-working machine they were! On attack, the team passed well to each other, with many beautiful assists (eight total) and goals. Emily Matson led the way with seven goals; her sister Sara had three goals and one assist; Alexandra Long scored two and had four assists; Eva Kinnel put in two goals and had two assists; and Aisha Turner had one assist. All these players are juniors! What I was most proud of in this game is that despite the freezing cold weather, GS played with intensity throughout the contest and played tenaciously for each other, all as a team! Well done, GS!
Next game is on Tuesday, our first league contest, at Moorestown Friends at 4:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Moorestown Friends School—Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Westtown School—Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School played Westtown School on Friday on our turf. It was quite an exciting game with both teams playing with a determination to succeed and a desire to win! The halftime score was close, with GS leading by two (8-6). In the second half, GS continued to play tenaciously and fought hard as a team. With plenty of heart and momentum, GS eventually won the contest, 19-12. Earning a Moose point and a League win are always important accomplishments, and I could not have been more proud of this group of athletes! The team dug deep and played beautifully for each other!
Emily Matson had a standout performance, with nine fantastic goals and five draw controls! Eva Kinnel had an all-around game with three goals, three assists, and four draw controls. Alex Long did an awesome job as well with four goals, one assist, and four draw controls. Sara Matson added one goal and two lovely assists. Caroline Eagen, with her best game of the season, had two powerful goals and three groundballs. Aisha Turner and Ella Davidyock each had one assist. The defense did an excellent job in stopping Westtown’s attack, with Lea Jensen leading the way, earning three ground balls, and goalie, Irion Thompson, making fourteen saves on her last day of being fourteen years old (how perfect was that!). I want to congratulate every player for leaving it all on the field on Friday! Well done!
Next games are away. First on Tuesday with Shipley and then on Wednesday with New Hope Solebury. Hope to see you there! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Shipley School—Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ New Hope-Solebury High School—Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Abington Friends School—Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity lacrosse team traveled to FSL opponent, Abington Friends School, yesterday to play our fourth FSL game of the season. After two difficult losses last week, the players were prepared to battle and knew that this game was an important game to win. We eventually won 17-10! I was very proud of the way GS played! We fought tenaciously for every ground ball, cut with purpose in the midfield and in the attacking area, set some beautiful screens, and collapsed on players on defense. Communication was loud and clear and you could sense that our players’ confidence was growing right before your eyes after each caused turnover, double-team, groundball, and goal. But our girls never lost sight of the fact that they were playing against a determined team as well, so I was pleased that our Cougars played with gusto until the very last whistle! Our freshman goalie, Irion Thompson made nine saves in the game, with the defense led by Vanessa Baker, Mallory Fritsch, Lea Jensen, Ella Davidyock, and Eden Jones working hard to force some bad shots. Midfield did an awesome job with transition from offense to defense and vice versa, as well as with the draws. Leading the way were two juniors; Alexandra Long got 4 draws, two ground balls, and 2 caused turnovers, while Eva Kinnel got 3 draws, 5 groundballs, and 4 caused turnovers. On attack, Emily Matson was on fire, scoring a school record-setting 10 goals (and 1 assist). Long had 5 goals and 3 assists, Sara Matson had 1 goal, and Claire Schmucker had one as well. Kinnel assisted in 3 goals, and Caroline Eagen and Peyton Sherman each had 1 assist. All in all, it was a wonderful day of excellent GS lacrosse! Next game is Friday against ANC at 4:00 on our GRASS field. Hope to see you then! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Lower Moreland High School—Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team had an early morning game against local public school, Lower Moreland High School. We played on our turf field on a very windy but dry Saturday morning. The game proved to be a very exciting, intense, and physical game. GS fought valiantly in the first half, but it was a close game after the first twenty-five minutes, with GS taking the lead 6-5.
The second half was a different story. GS perked up and started playing with the clear intention to win everything: ground balls, draw control, and possession of the ball! The desire to win and tenacity were felt by everyone on the team. We started playing as though there was no end to the game. It was fun to watch our athletes play with such inner fortitude and passion! We played for each other and the final score showed how much we wanted it! GS won 15-8!
Leading the scorers was Emily Matson with five goals and two assists and Alexandra Long with four goals and one assist. Aislinn Carty scored two beauties as did Eva Kinnel. Sara Matson and Aisha Turner each put in one! Caroline Eagen, Eva, and Sara had one assist apiece as well! GS did a wonderful job winning the draw in the game with six people getting at least one during the game. Eva led with six, while Emily snagged four, Ella Davidyock got three, and Alexandra, Aislinn, and Lea Jensen each grabbed one. Defensively the best stat of the game was that twelve people got at least one groundball (a change of possession), showing just how much we played as a team for each other! Alexandra led with six groundballs, while Lea won four and Mallory Fritsch and Emily each had two in the contest. Vanessa Baker, Carty, Eagen, Courtney Heffelfinger, Eva, Sara, Camille Mills, and Aisha each had one groundball. Leading the way in caused turnovers was attacker Sara with three, who successfully chased down the opponent and checked the stick! Vanessa, Aislinn, Lea, Alexandra, Emily, and Aisha all had one CT. Well done, GS! It was a fun game to watch!
Next game is against FSL opponent Friends’ Central School, at GS on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. on the turf. Just as a heads’ up, Senior Day will be on Tuesday, May 7. We will honor our senior lax players after the game so please plan to be there to help celebrate. If you want to bring some food to share, please do.
GO, GS Cougars!
George School vs Friends’ Central School—Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The GS Cougar lacrosse team played against Friends’ Central School at GS on our turf on a calm and comfortably warm spring afternoon. Although it was a difficult game and GS eventually lost 17-11, our players hung in there throughout the game working hard to win the ball in every play. It was a close first twelve minutes in the first half with the scoring going back and forth. FCS pulled away a bit after that and had a halftime advantage of 11-4. In the second half, GS ran onto the field, ready to fight hard and get that ball. In the second period, GS had the advantage by scoring seven goals to Friends’ Central’s six! As always, I was incredibly proud of the individual and team effort put forth in a very difficult game! Leading the way was Alexandra Long with 5 goals and 1 assist. Emily Matson scored 4 goals and had 1 assist. Both Caroline Eagen and Aisha Turner placed one between the pipes and Eva Kinnel assisted in two goals. On draws, E. Matson scrambled for 5 draw controls! Kinnel and Long each won two and Aislinn Carty got one for the day. Long was on fire on defense, causing 4 turnovers and winning 5 groundballs. Mallory Fritsch and E. Matson each got 3 groundballs, and Carty won 2. Vanessa Baker, Lea Jensen, Kinnel, Sara Matson, and Irion Thompson fought for 1 groundball apiece. E. Matson earned two caused turnovers. Carty, Kinnel, and Camille Mills each caused a turnover as well. Thompson stopped 4 shots in goal and continues to do an awesome job as a freshman! Next game is Friday at GFS at 4:00. A reminder that our senior game is next Tuesday when we play ANC at GS at 4:00. After the game, we will honor our spectacular seniors, Mallory Fritsch, Courtney Heffelfinger, Lea Jensen, and Vanessa Baker! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Delaware County Christian School—Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
We rescheduled the Delco Christian game from Saturday, April 6 to Wednesday, May 1 at George School at 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Germantown Friends School—Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Academy of the New Church—Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The girls’ varsity lacrosse played their last regular season game against Academy of the New Church on our turf. It was a big game for both teams, as it determined who would be in the FSL playoffs. The game was an exciting one and both teams played with focused attention on winning every ball. In the first half, the score went back and forth with some beautiful goals scored by GS and a number of spectacular saves made by Ire Thompson, our goalie. Three of our five first-half goals were off of perfect assists! The halftime score was 6-5, ANC was up. The second half proved to be equally as intense. The ball went back and forth. Unfortunately, by the end, GS lost 11-8, but I could not have been prouder of our team for the effort they exerted, the heart they displayed, and the team play they demonstrated throughout the contest! Goal scorers were Alexandra Long (2 g/3 a), Emily Matson (4g), Sara Matson (1g), Claire Schmucker (1g), with Caroline Eagen and Eva Kinnel assisting in a goal apiece. Ella Davidyock led the group on defense, earning 5 groundballs and 3 caused turnovers. Many other people contributed to the defensive and offensive play throughout the game!
It was also our senior game and we played in honor of our four incredible seniors, Courtney Heffelfinger, Mallory Fritsch, captain Vanessa Baker, and Captain, Lea Jensen. Their commitment and leadership have been exemplary on and off the field. They are excellent lacrosse players, but more importantly “great teammates.” Everything they do, they show compassion, kindness, energy, heart, resilience, and grit. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to coach and get to know each of these young women! They are destined to do great things and I look forward to hearing about all of their experiences in the years to come! Congratulations to the class of 2019!
Next game is the Quaker Cup Semi-finals. We will be playing AFS on our turf on Thursday, May 9 at 4:00. Be there!!!! Go, GS Cougars.
George School vs Stuart Country Day School—Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs FSL Quaker Cup Semi-Finals—Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The girls’ varsity lacrosse team hosted a Quaker Cup Semi-Finals game against Abington Friends School on our turf field. Despite being low in numbers from sickness and injury, our team played an intense and fast game. We were determined to win every ball, maintain possession each time, win draws, collapse and double-team, and communicate with our teammates. It was certainly a fun game to watch! The Cougars prevailed and won 18-12! I was so proud of each of our players for digging deep, playing with so much heart, and showing us all what it means to play as a team for each other! Ire Thompson had an awesome game, making 8 saves and hanging in there despite the bruises! Defense (Eden Jones, Mallory Fritsch, Ella Davidyock, and Vanessa Baker) did an excellent job playing tight on their players. Midfielders led in scoring with Alexandra Long and Emily Matson each scoring 5 goal apiece. Caroline Eagen scored two beauties, as did Eva Kinnel. Sara Matson had a hat trick and Kate Hunter scored her first goal of the year! Half of the goals were scored off of assists – Kinnel had 4, Long had two, S. Matson had 1, as did her sister Emily. Camille Mills notched her first assist and point of the season as well! Kudos to our other attack players (Heffelfinger, Emma Hutteman, Claire Schmucker, and Tori Gallagher) who helped the team by connecting with passes, making cuts, and swarming the ball. Draw controls were key and Long led the group with an impressive 7 draw wins! Kinnel and E. Matson each had two and Fritsch and Davidyock each grab one back on defense. Long led in 5 groundball wins with Kinnel getting three. Jones, Davidyock, and Eagen got two ground balls apiece. E. Matson earned the most Caused turnovers with 4, Long had 3, and Jones and S. Matson each had 2. All-in-all, it was a great day for lacrosse!
Our next and final game is Saturday, May 11 against Friends’ Central at 2:00 at FCS. Parking is at Lankenau Hospital. FYI... you will need to walk to the field from the hospital! Go, GS Cougars!!!!!