Michelle Walsh

Jun 092015

The 2015 Groton-Dunstable Regional High School girls lacrosse teamMichelle Walsh

The 2015 Groton-Dunstable Regional High School girls lacrosse team

The G-DRHS Girls lacrosse team romped past MountGreylock 15-6 in an MIAA Division 2 Central/West quarterfinal on Sunday, and faces off against arch rival Bromfield tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton.

The quarterfinal matchup follows a regular season 10-8 loss to Bromfield. In last year’s semifinal, the Crusaders lost to Bromfield by a single point scored in the last few seconds of the game.

In Sunday’s game, Nicki Wilkinson scored 5 goals and made 5 assists. Sara Walsh notched up 4 goals and an assist. Sophia Irby and Alexa Stathis each scored 2 goals, and Maria Antonellis 4 saved four at the goal.

When the Crusaders wraps up its season, it will lose two seniors: Fiona Henry is going to BC, and Wilkinson is headed to Denver.

May 222014

It was a sweet victory for Groton-Dunstable Girl’s Varsity lacrosse team over Shrewsbury 15-12 May 13, playing under the lights on their home field. Shrewsbury, with a 12-3 record, did not expect the tenaciousness they faced Tuesday night against the lady Crusaders.

After a tough to start their season, GD has won 9 of their last 10 games and was not ready to give up their latest winning streak to Shrewsbury, one of their biggest rivals.

Captains Liv Rubeski had five goals and two assists as well as nine draw controls, Nicki Wilkinson had four goals and an assist while Livy Penny had three big goals to kick start the game.

The half ended with an 11-6 lead for GD, and in the second half Shrewsbury came out quickly with two goals as they tried to change the score board. Goalie Maria Antonellis held them at bay with 9 saves second half to keep her team in the lead. Maria had a total of 14 saves. She had help from a very solid defense led by Senior Captain Shelly Herlihy.

The entire team came together to play their best against a very tough team to come up with a great win. Coach Sarah Valacer said, “Once we took the lead, we were able to possess the ball which is huge and shows how patient, composed and mature the girls have become over the past few weeks.”

Apr 302014

Groton-Dunstable varsity teams will be looking for a win in their rematch against Algonquin ThursdayChris Wraight
Both the Groton-Dunstable varsity lacrosse teams will be in action in a rematch Thursday against Algonquin, the champion of last years’ Central Mass districts and home of the teams that defeated both the boy’s and girl’s teams in their season openers.

After a difficult schedule to start their season, the G-D girl’s team has won their last four games, outscoring opponents by at least 11 goals in each of the last three games.

And this week will be busy — the Crusaders girl’s team is scheduled to play four games. On Monday, the girl’s team beat NIPMUC 18-6. Tuesday, Wachusetts went under the bus 20-9, with Junior Nicki Wilkinson leading the way with a combined 10 goals and six assists. Senior Livy Penny had eight goals and three assists ,followed by sophomore Sara Walsh with seven goals and five assists. Captain Livy Rubeski and sophomore Olivia Aumais had four goals and three assists each,Maddy Smethurst had four goals, and freshman Sophie Irby netted three goals and two assists.

On defense Fiona Henry has been instrumental in turning over the ball before the opponent can get a shot off and goalie Maria Antonellis has had 17 key saves during the last two games.

Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, at Groton-Dunstable; junior varsity teams play at 5:30.