The storybook season which seemed so long-awaited has come and gone.
The 2019 edition of the Foxboro High girls’ lacrosse team earned the program’s first-ever MIAA Division 2 East Sectional title, accomplishing the goal they waited four years for. The most successful season in team history has concluded.
“When you start back in March it’s kind of hard to think past to what actually could happen at the end of the season,” Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry said.
“For our team, our 14 seniors and a significant amount of underclassmen, to stay focused for that long and deal with hurdles like injuries, graduation and stay mentally focused, I’m proud of the girls. They set this goal back in March and really saw it through. We have kind of talked the talk in years past, but never walked the walk and for sure they did.”
The Warriors concluded the season 16-8. In the last four years, the senior class has compiled a 64-24 overall record, which Sherry said was the winningest class during her eight years.
“It was a great class, their comradery,” Sherry said. “They knew it was the last year to get these wins, last year to complete these goals. That’s really what they did.”
While the biggest highlight of their season is pretty obvious, the Warriors had a handful of additional high points throughout the season.
Notably, Foxboro won its eighth-consecutive Hockomock League-Davenport Division title with only one league loss to Franklin, which Shery credited as the game which turned the season around.
“I would say the turning point was after that Franklin loss,” she said. “We went on to win seven straight (three postseason). Beating Medfield right after Franklin helped and then ending strong against Medway. I just think after that game we had practice and we knew we really needed to make sure we ended strong. We wanted to be competitive going into playoffs.”
Sherry said a team-building, overnight trip to play Longmeadow was another memorable part of the season.
The Warriors were among the best teams in the league in both goals scored and goals allowed following the regular season.
Senior captain Sophia DiCenso leaves with program records in career goals (244) assists (142) and draw controls (207). She scored 58 goals and was tied for first in assists (26) during her senior season. Senior attackman while Meghan Curran contributed 35 goals and 20 assists for the Warriors, who were at their best when the offense was led by its depth. The pair leads a long list of impactful players that are graduating, as does captain Molly Murphy and defenders Mary Spillane and Carli Stern.
“We’re definitely losing a lot,” Sherry said. “But for the most part the juniors, who are going to be seniors, have been with me for four years. It’s a solid group of juniors that have had so much exposure and have been playing for me for so long. It’s definitely a smaller class of sophomores, but there’s some strong competition coming up with freshmen and girls are ready to get there time on varsity.”
Junior Julia Kelley will be among the key returners after finishing second on the team in goals (48) and tied for first in assists (26). Fellow junior Jaime Notarangelo scored 46 goals and dished 14 assists while goaltender Sara Addeche, sophomore Lilly Vey and Ella Waryas are also key returners.