Improved St. Paul’s lax team braces for three key games this week

Improved St. Paul’s lax team braces for three key games this week

By Nelson Coffin

This week will be a challenging one for the rapidly improving St. Paul’s School for Girls lacrosse team.

The Gators, who host Notre Dame Prep on Monday before road games at Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday and next-door neighbor Maryvale on Friday, appear to be well prepared for those contests after last week’s strong efforts against Bryn Mawr and Glenelg Country School,

In a season in which several quads are making positive moves in the highly competitive A Conference, St. Paul’s is serving notice that it’s also a strong contender for league laurels.

The Gators first opened some eyes when they dropped a 13-9 decision to nine-time defending conference champ McDonogh, marking the closest margin of victory this season for the undefeated Eagles, who have rattled off 188 consecutive wins over the last decade.

After St. Paul’s fell to St. Mary’s, 12-6, things were starting to look bleak until the Gators rallied to beat Mount de Sales Academy, 17-6.

And then last week coach Mary Gagnon’s bunch really took a huge step forward by edging the Mawrtians, 11-10, and Glenelg Country School, 9-7, in Howard County to improve to 5-2 in conference play.

Considering the youth of her team, Gagnon said that she is very pleased with the upstart Gators’ upward arc.

Against the Dragons (6-2, 5-1 conference), for instance, only two goals were scored by a senior, Maryland-bound midfielder Darby Welsh.

In that game, sophomore midfielder Alex Pirisino scored three goals while freshman Christina Gagnon had three and fellow rookie middie Ange Pino chipped in with one.

Likewise, the low defense stationed in front of senior goalie and Yale commit Claire Boone, who had 11 saves against GCS, boasts sophomores Lizzie Pirisino and Laney Cornelius playing along side of freshmen Paris Colgain and Josie Hahn.

“Our entire defense played well,” Mary Gagnon said about handing Glenelg Country School its first conference loss of the season. “We’re young with a lot of talent. I feel like every time we get on the field we’re playing better and better.”