by Josh Morgan
Another season has arrived for the girls lacrosse team, and it will represent somewhat of a fresh start for the program. After previous coach Avi Orenstein left midseason last year, assistant coach Sydney Boral took over as interim head coach. She will be returning this year, entering her first full year as the head coach of the team.
“She’s been doing well,” said senior midfielder Carol Halpin about her new coach. “She’s been organizing them so we can get more girls out and this season’s looking good. I’m very excited to see how she puts her own twist on the season.”
The team did lose some notable seniors last year: goalie Rylee Orenstein, defender Maddie Martinucci, and midfielders Emily Bartling and Charlotte Ball. However, seniors Halpin, Halle Gibson, Lydia Eger, juniors Portia Sasser and Amelia Metcalf, and sophomore Lexy Martinucci will look to return the team to NCS during this year.
When asked about how the offseason workouts have been going, Halpin is optimistic on the season outlook.
“It’s looking pretty good,” said Halpin. “I think we’ve got some freshman coming out who will be good additions to both teams.”
“We lost some good seniors last year. So we’re looking to kind of have a newer group come in this year that’ll hopefully shake things up for the better.”
Another boost that the team will get will be from call-ups from a JV team that went 15-3 last season. Sophomore goalie Laynie Strohwig had a fantastic season for the JV team last year and is most likely going to take over for Orenstein in goal. Juniors Summer Randolph, Molly Borke, and Abbey Bear will also look to make an immediate impact in their first year playing varsity.
The Knights will be playing in a very tough league this year. Lacrosse powerhouse Miramonte will be a huge threat again with their best player, UC Berkeley commit, Boo DeWitt returning, while only graduating five seniors from last year. Last year’s league runner-up, Acalanes, will also be graduating just five seniors and will return their star player in 2021, UC Davis commit Grace Gebhardt. After those two top teams, Las Lomas, Campolindo, and Northgate finished in a tie for third last year and will look to improve upon that finish this year.
Regardless, the team will have a new look this year, and with a fresh influx of new talent combined with the already solid returners, the team may be able to do some damage in league and make another run at NCS.