Walpole Girls Lacrosse continued their undefeated season with a 14-9 victory over Natick last Tuesday, May 3, to make their record 8-0. Led by captains Celia Walsh, Emily Curtis, Mia Drummey, and Libby Foley the team is currently ranked first in the Herget Division.
“Coming into the season I thought we’d be pretty good,” Head Coach Mike Tosone said. “Now I’m sure that we’re better than pretty good.”
With Tuesday’s victory being their eighth consecutive win of the season, the team is on course for another strong tournament run.
“[The challenges to come] are a little daunting but at the same time our team has been doing pretty well,” senior captain Celia Walsh said. “I’m excited for the challenges we are going to face since it’ll make it interesting and it’ll boost our team for future years.”
During the first half, Natick was neck-and-neck with Walpole, tying the score whenever the Rebels pulled ahead, but a few key players helped to clinch the win.
“Our three midfielders [Audra Tosone, Celia Walsh, and Sydney Scales] did an awful lot of running today and busted their fannies offensively and defensively,” Tosone said. “We competed very hard. We probably didn’t play our smartest game but physically we played our strongest.”
After losing several prominent players this past year, sophomore Sydney Scales stepped up to fill a starting midfield position. She made varsity last season as a freshman and played a fair amount for her age. She was a prominent player throughout the game, connecting passes between the defenders and attackers and consistently winning draws, helping to gain possession.
“I come ready to play every game,” Scales said. “I try to set the example for the kids who are younger.”
Although the Rebels have started off strong, they still have a long journey ahead of them to tournament, especially since the team moved up from Division 2 to Division 1 this season.
“The competition in the tournament will get much tougher much sooner,” Tosone said. “I just want to play every game as hard and smart as we possibly can and if we do that, I’ll be satisfied no matter what.”
Over the weekend, the Rebels improved their record to 9-0 by beating Hingham 15-8. The team’s next game is tomorrow against Wellesley, a team whose 10-1 record makes them the toughest competition for the Rebels so far this season.
CORRECTION: Libby Foley added as captain in first paragraph.