Varsity Girls Lacrosse 2017-2018 Season
George School vs Perkiomen School—Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse game started off the season with a bang, beating Perkiomen School 19-5. It was a cold and dreary day, with rain sprinkles off and on throughout the game. We played on our grass field today and although it was freezing outside, I was proud of the team for sticking it out and simply playing the game with vigor and determination to succeed. Our middies, Eva Kinnel ’20, Alex Long ’20, and Emily Matson ’20, did an excellent job winning the draw. Eva tallied ten draw control wins and was impressive in that position all afternoon. Everyone had an opportunity to play and it was fun to watch the multiple combinations of teamwork and passing throughout the contest. The offense worked the ball around the arc and keyed on the free players cutting through the scoring area. Top scorer of the day was Sara Matson ’20, who tallied seven goals, while her sister Emily, scored six. Alex, Nora Greer ’19, Eva, and Tali Schnitzer ’18 all scored once in the game while Vanessa Baker ’19, in her first varsity game, scored two between the pipes.
What was most satisfying were the number of assists we had. George School totaled nine assists with Camille Drury ’19, leading with four. Alex, Emily, and Miranda Buczek ’19 each passed for one, while Sara had two for the day. Defensively, George School worked hard to swarm the ball, mark tightly, double-team, and intercept. Leading the way in groundballs (a stat that means winning a change of possession) was Lea Jensen ’19 and Eva with five apiece, and Nora, and Captain Cynthia Menna ’18, picking up four each. Lea and Cynthia also led the way with three interceptions each. The defense deserves much credit for their tenacious play and causing a number of turnovers. Earning at least one CT (Caused Turnover) in the game were Alex, Emily, Lea, Nora, Captain Kate Klaver ’18, Eva, Cynthia, Caroline Eagen ’21, and Camille. Our goalies, Emma Schneider ’19 and Susie Mott ’18, split goal time and did a nice job leading the team on defense.
Overall it was a wonderful start to the season and fun to finally step on the field, despite the freezing temperatures. Kudos to our fans for braving the weather and cheering on this special group of talented student-athletes! Well done, GS. Next game is Friday, April 6 vs Conwell-Egan at 4:00 p.m. on Cougar Field (the turf). Hope to see you at the game. Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Conwell-Egan—Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team played local Catholic school, Conwell-Egan, on Friday at George School on our turf field. It was nice to finally play a game on our turf on a beautiful day. First half was a close one, with George School scoring the first two goals of the game. Sara Matson ’20 scored the first one at 24:06 while her sister, Emily ’20, scored the next one off of an assist by Alexandra Long ’20. Halftime score was GS: 6 and Conwell: 4.
Second half was a more consistent and stronger half for the squad. The defense did a nice job shutting down the attack, allowing only three goals to be scored. On the attack end, GS played a very balanced game and scored six more goals. Final score: GS 13 and Conwell-Egan: 7. Sara ended up with five goals and one assist for the day, Emily had three goals and two assists, Eva Kinnel ’20 put in two goals and had two assists, Alexandra had two goals and one assist, and Miranda Buczek ’19 had one goal and one assist.
Defensively, eleven people (Kate Klaver ’18, Eva, Aisha Turner ’20, Vanessa Baker ’19, Cynthia Menna ’18, Kate Hunter ’20, Alexandra, Emily, Miranda, Lea Jensen ’19, and Sara) recorded at least one ground ball (which is a change of possession), with Vanessa leading the way with four. Nora Greer ’19 led the team in caused turnovers and interceptions, getting three each. The goalies, Emma Schneider ’19 and Susie Mott ’18, once again did commendable jobs in the goal cage as well.
Needless to say, I am proud of this group of talented student-athletes. Keep up the good work! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Delaware County Christian—Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 11:30 a.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team traveled to Devon, PA to play Delco Christian for a chilly Saturday morning game on their grass field. Delco’s goalie did a nice job in the first half, stopping nine shots by our players. But GS did prevail scoring six goals in the first half, followed by five in the second half, with the final score being 11-1, George School. The goals were scored by Eva Kinnel ’20 (4), Tali Schnitzer ’18 (1), Alexandra Long ’20 (2), and Sara Matson ’20 (4). Six players contributed with assists, including Kate Klaver ’18, Eva, Alexandra, Emily Matson ’20, Miranda Buczek ’19, and Sara. Eva continues to dominate on draw controls, earning four in the game.
The stars of the game today though were the defensive players. The team as a unit, shutdown Delco, by double teaming, communicating, and winning groundballs throughout the game. It was fun watching the girls play as one. Ten players snagged groundballs with Lea Jensen ’19 leading the way with six. Other groundballs were recorded by Kate (2), Eva (5), Vanessa Baker ’19 (2), Cynthia Menna ’18 (1), Tali (1), Alexandra (5), Emily (5), Sara (4), and Nora Greer ’19 (1). We intercepted an impressive nine passes in the game, with Kate earning the most with three. Kudos to our goalies, Emma Schneider ’19 and Susie Mott ’18, for making some nice saves; two for Susie and three for Emma.
Next game is against Jenkintown High School at 4:00 p.m. at George School on the turf. Come on out and support the team! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Jenkintown High School—Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Wow! What an exciting game yesterday. The varsity team hosted Jenkintown High School on the turf on a cool, but nice Wednesday afternoon. The contest was close throughout the fifty minutes, and was quite a physical game, with the ball moving swiftly up and down the field. Every possession was crucial so both teams “swarmed” the ball, forcing players to make quick decisions on what to do with it. Our team played with so much grit and “fire in their belly!” We wanted that ball, passed it accurately down the field, and were determined to put it between the pipes each time we had it in our sticks! GS’ goals were not easy to make but were beautiful to watch with many assists along the way. Leading the scorers was Eva Kinnel ’20 with five goals, while Sara Matson ’20 (4), Emily Matson ’20 (3), and Alexandra Long ’20 (1) each contributed to the goal tally. Eva scored the winning goal with 2:15 left to put GS up for good, winning the game 13-12. Eva also led in assists with three, while Alexandra had two, Emily had one, and Miranda Buczek ’19 had one.
What was most impressive to me was the excellent midfield and defensive play all afternoon. We won fourteen draws, with Eva grabbing seven, Emily getting four, and Alexandra taking three of them. The team won thirty-nine groundballs (change of possession) which were a big key to the victory. Emily got eight, with Cynthia Menna ’18 close behind with seven, and Eva with six. Other players who recorded at least two or more GBs were Miranda, Camille Drury ’19, Caroline Eagen ’21, Nora Greer ’19, Kate Hunter ’20, Lea Jensen ’19, and Sara. Causing those turnovers were six players with Emily recording seven, Cynthia and Eva six, Sara with four, and Alexandra and Caroline with one apiece. The defense in the arc area communicated, double-teamed, hustled, and supported each other, forcing many turnovers. Our goalies, Susie Mott ’18 and Emma Schneider ’19 made some excellent saves and clears as well.
Needless to say, I am as proud as can be of this wonderful group of student-athletes. We learn every game on how to be better players and teammates. Well done, GS! Next game is our first League contest. We travel to Westtown on Friday. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. Come and cheer us on! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Westtown School—Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 3:45 p.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team traveled to Westtown School to play our first League game of the season on their grass field. A point for the Patterson Cup was at stake as well for this contest. The team did not let us down, winning the game 16-6 and earning an important Moose point for George School. We started off slowly but never lost focus or control in the first half. The halftime score was 6-4, the Cougars were up by two. We huddled together at halftime to discuss what we were doing well and what we needed to work on for the second half. This squad of talented scholar-athletes always impresses me with their analysis of the game, determination to succeed, and perseverance. I had full confidence in this group as I know they have a competitive spirit and simply never will give up. In the second period, George School took charge and outscored the Moose 10-2. Our defense was suffocating to Westtown’s attack and our offense scored some beauties. Midfield play was aggressive and George School caused many turnovers and won the ground balls. The entire team played well as a unit and every field player recorded a groundball (change of possession win) in the game which is awesome. Congrats to the entire team for a job well done! Next game is this Wednesday, April 18 at George School on our turf field against Shipley School. Come on out and cheer loudly and proudly! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Shipley School—Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Abington Friends School—Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team hosted Abington Friends School on Friday, April 20 on the turf for our third FSL contest of the season. The first goal of the game was scored off an assist by Eva Kinnel ’20 to Emily Matson ’20 and the last goal of the game was scored again through a beautiful assist from Lea Jensen ’19 to Merrie Schorsch ’20. I love that! George School eventually won the game 11-4 with goals scored by Miranda Buczek ’19 (1), Eva (3), Alexandra Long ’20 (1), Emily (4), Sara Matson ’20 (1), and Merrie (1). Assists were from Lea, Eva (2), Alexandra (2), and Sara (3).
The midfield did a nice job “swarming” the ball on defense and thus causing many turnovers. Five players had three each including Lea, Nora Greer ’19, Alexandra, Kate Hunter ’20, and Cynthia Menna ’18. Lea led the team with six groundballs (change of possession), while Alexandra and Cynthia had five each and Nora, Eva, and Emily had four apiece. On the draw Eva won eight, Sara won four, Emily won 3, and Alexandra won one. Our goalies did a super job, with Susie Mott ’18 making three saves and Emma Schneider ’19 stopping five.
Although stats are helpful to figure out what we are doing well as a team and as individuals, more important is the level of intensity that we exert throughout the game, the support we give to each other, and the willingness to learn from every experience in the game. I am excited about the potential of this group and growth from game to game. Although we always have lots to work on, it has been a wonderful group of athletes to work with. This week, we have three games. Next one is at the Academy of the New Church on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. We need your support. Hope to see you there. Go GS Cougars!
George School @ Academy of the New Church—Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls' lacrosse team traveled to the Academy of the New Church, playing our fourth FSL opponent this season. I want to congratulate the players for a great TEAM win yesterday! The best stat of the day was that every person on the team got at least one groundball or one caused turnover (listed as takeaways on the stat sheet) in the game. That indicates we are all participating on defense and that we are transitioning quickly from offense to defense! Nine of our goals (Alexandra Long ’20 (1), Emily Matson ’20 (3), Miranda Buczek ’19 (1), Sara Matson ’20 (3), Eva Kinnel ’20 (5), Merrie Schorsch ’20 (1)) were off of assists (Alexandra (5), Emily (1), Miranda (1), Sara (1), Kate Klaver ’18 (1), Merrie (1)) and six different people scored! The defense did an awesome job collapsing on the ANC attack, forcing some bad shots, and Susie Mott ’18 and Emma Schneider ’19 made some great saves in the contest! Now onto the next game against Friends’ Central on Friday, April 27. The game is at their school, but we hope to see some fans at the game, cheering loudly and proudly! As a heads up, the senior game in which we will honor the seniors after the game is Friday, May 4 against New Hope-Solebury High School. Go GS Cougars!
George School @ Friends’ Central School—Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School varsity lacrosse traveled to FSL opponent Friends’ Central's game on Friday. We played on their new larger grass field inside the track. It was a spectacular game to say the least! I was so proud of how our George School players stepped up and played an awesome game on attack, in the midfield, and on defense! FCS went up in the first half 3-1 in the first ten minutes, but slowly George School gathered itself and put in six more goals to Friends’ Central’s two in the first half. Half-time score was GS 8-5. The second half was a battle of defenses with both teams collapsing on the attack. In the end, GS came out the winner of the contest, with a score of 10-7. Every player on the team contributed in one way or another – thirteen people earned groundballs (change of possession), six of our ten goals were from assists, and four different people snagged interceptions! It was a great feeling to leave the field, knowing that we just won and recognizing what we can achieve as a group! Kudos to each of our players for a job well done! Next game is Tuesday against Germantown Friends at 4:00 p.m. on our turf. Just a reminder that our seniors will be recognized after the game on Friday. Hope to see you at our game tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday, wearing green and white!!!! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs Lower Moreland High School—Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m.
George School vs Germantown Friends School—Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls' lacrosse team welcomed the Tigers of Germantown Friends to our school for our sixth league game of the season. It was a spectacular spring day to play on our beautiful turf field! It wasn’t an easy game for our team and we did lose by a score of 15-5, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of trying our best! GS fought hard and gallantly against a very strong and impressive Germantown Friends team! The second half saw more attacking action for the Cougars with Emily Matson ’20 scoring all five of our goals. Assists were recorded by Alexandra Long ’20 and Sara Matson ’20. Eleven people (Vanessa Baker ’19, Miranda Buczek ’19, Nora Greer ’19, Lea Jensen ’19, Eva Kinnel ’20, Kate Klaver ’18, Alexandra, Emily, Sara, Cynthia Menna ’18, and Susie Mott ’18) earned at least one groundball (change of possession), with Lea leading the pack with four. We learned a lot from playing the game and will continue to strive to be our best and grow from each experience. Our last regular season game is Thursday, May 4 against Moorestown on our turf again at 4:00 p.m. Senior recognition day is Friday after our New Hope Solebury game! Hope to see all of you there continuing to show your Cougar Pride! Go, GS Cougars!!!!!!!
George School vs Moorestown Friends School—Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
GS hosted Moorestown Friends School on Cougar Field on a hot spring day. Both teams took to the field ready to play hard in the heat, with plenty of water and Gatorade on the sideline! GS did their best to keep up with a talented MFS squad, but unfortunately lost the game 15-4. Some of the highlights in the game were the assists for goals by Alexandra Long ’20, Emily Matson ’20, and Eva Kinnel ’20, and the goals by Emily, Sara Matson ’20, and Eva. Also scoring, by bringing the ball down from defense and zipping in and out of the MFS defense, was Cynthia Menna ’18, scoring her first goal of the season! Goalie Emma Schneider ’19 made some excellent first half saves (six total), with Susie Mott ’18 making three in the second half. Mallory Fritsch ’18 got her first interception of the season, a beauty for sure! Aisha Turner ’20 had a beautiful caused turnover and a groundball and then dazzled us with some nice footwork as she headed towards goal! Nora Greer ’19 led the team in groundballs (6) and in caused turnovers (5), and Eva won three draws, leading the team in that category.
The exciting news for our team is that we qualified for the FSL playoffs!!!! We will be playing Germantown Friends School next Friday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. at GFS.
Today we play a non-league game against New Hope Solebury High School. We will honor are super seniors, Cynthia, Kate Klaver ’18, Tali Schnitzer ’18, Mallory, and Susie, as well as our student trainer, Cash Cole ’18! Come on out and support the team for our last home game of the season! Go, GS Cougars!
George School vs New Hope-Solebury High School—Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 3:45 p.m.
The girls’ varsity lacrosse team played New Hope Solebury High School at home on our turf field. It was another hot day, but I was proud of our players for stepping onto the field after playing an intense game the day before against Moorestown. It is not easy playing back-to-back games in such heat! Unfortunately, we started off slowly with NHSHS scoring the first seven goals. By the end of the half though, we started coming back and playing more of our game, scoring four goals in the last six seconds. In the second half, the game was a little more even. New Hope scored four goals and GS scored two. The final score was 11-6, New Hope. Emma Schneider ’19 played in the goal in the second half and made some awesome saves! She made eight total in the half and was quite impressive!
The highlight of the day was after the game when we honored our seniors for their leadership, commitment to the team, and game play these past four years. A special thanks to our senior student trainer, Cash Cole ’18. Kudos to Susie Mott ’18, Tali Schnitzer ’18, Cynthia Menna ’18, and Kate Klaver ’18, four wonderful student-athletes who gave so much of themselves to the lacrosse program. I can’t believe these players are graduating in less than a month! I will be forever grateful to them and feel blessed to have had the chance to coach them, get to know them, and watch them grow! Each of them has left their mark on this program and are sure to be a success in their next adventures! I will sorely miss each of you on and off the field!
Finally, we have one game left in the regular season before we start league playoffs on Friday. We play Stuart Country Day at their place tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! Go, GS Cougars!
George School @ Stuart Country Day School—Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School traveled to New Jersey to play Stuart Country Day School in a non-league game, the last game of the regular season. It was a perfect day to play with beautiful weather on their turf field. Although GS started off slowly, our team started to pick up our play as the game progressed. It was a well-played game. The defense did an awesome job staying on their players and trying to stop Stuart from attacking goal. In the draw, Alexandra Long ’20 boxed out nicely and earned six. On attack, our goals were excellent as they were off of assists (Alexandra had five and Eva Kinnel ’20, Kate Klaver ’18, and Sara Matson ’20 each had one apiece). The goal scorers were Emily Matson ’20, with a season-high of eight goals, Eva with four, and Sara with one. The game ended in a 14-14 tie.
Next up is our FSL semi-finals playoff game at Germantown Friends. The game time is now at 4:30 p.m. We hope to see lots of cheering fans at the game! This team has come a long way and should certainly be proud of their accomplishments as a team. It is not an easy task to get into the playoffs! Here we go, GS!
Go, GS Cougars!
FSL Semifinals (GS @ GFS)—Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m.
The George School varsity girls’ lacrosse Team traveled to Germantown Friends School for the semifinals of the FSL play-offs. George School secured the fourth seed and thus played the number one seed at their home site. It was a beautiful day to play and GS had practiced all week to try to give GFS a run for their money! What we wanted from the players was to simply play their best game with a “never give up” attitude! And that they did! The first half was an exciting one with GFS leading at the end of that period with a close score of 6-2. Alexandra Long ’20 and Emily Matson ’20 (with an assist from her sister, Sara Matson ’20) scored beautiful goals in the first half! Our team was patient and controlled on attack. GFS goalie was stellar in both halves, so scoring was difficult and challenging! On defense, the Cougars did an exceptional job playing with grit and aggressiveness. The defense collapsed on players and forced many turnovers. We won groundballs, showing a determination to succeed. Communication was loud and we clearly played as a team, wanting to work hard for each other. Once we got possession, the team did an outstanding job in bringing the ball down the field, switching sides of the field when necessary. At the end of the half, GFS was nervous and surprised about our aggressive play!
In the second half, our players did everything they could to stop the attack from bringing the ball down the field. It was not easy as we had limited subs for the day. What I do know is that our players fought until the very last second to win the ball, maintain possession, help out each other, and try to score goals. GFS was a solid team, but unfortunately, we could not catch up to them and eventually lost 12-2. The score though does not give a true picture of how close this contest was and how gutsy our play was from each of our players! Needless to say, I was so proud of this squad at the end of the game for giving their all and playing an awesome game! I was beaming with so much pride throughout the game because of how far we came this season and how well we played as a team. It was a good season, to say the least. Thank you to all of our players, managers, and student-trainer for all you have given to this program! And thank you to the seniors, Cash Cole ’18 (our trainer), Cynthia Menna ’18, Kate Klaver ’18, Susie Mott ’18, and Tali Schnitzer ’18. I will miss you all dearly but will always appreciate and remember your leadership, commitment, and dedication! Kudos to the parents for raising such wonderfully talented, strong, confident, and kind individuals!!!! Go, GS Cougars!