Thursday June 16, 2011
The South Burlington girl’s lacrosse team capped off their season with a championship victory last Friday, defeating Middlebury 12-10. Anne-Marie Farmer and Allie Flaherty, who have both shown the ability to score at will throughout the season, left it all on the field last Friday, as both Rebels contributed four goals in the SB victory. Flaherty’s final two goals had special significance, as her tallies separated the Rebels from the Tigers in the final minutes of competition.
“It’s amazing. Not even from just this year, but from last year when they beat us in the semi-finals,” said Flaherty. “I feel bad for Middlebury, but we’ve been pushing so hard for this for the past year. It just feels great!”
Middlebury had the upper hand with 7:20 remaining in the fourth period, with the high scoring affair just edging the Tigers way by a score of 10-8. Molly Higgins lit the comeback spark for South Burlington, firing a goal past Middlebury’s Maria Ploof to pull South Burlington within one. Ploof made fifteen saves through four quarters, however, with the clock winding down and a state championship on the line, the South Burlington girls stepped up and claimed their title. Flaherty’s third goal of the game knotted the score at 10-10 with just over two minutes to go in the game. Nineteen seconds later, Flaherty was on the attack again, eliciting a feeling of déjà vu from the Middlebury sidelines and a bewildered defense as she buried a shot past Ploof to give South Burlington a one goal advantage. Co-captain Alyssa Guyette insured the South Burlington victory, as she fired in a goal of her own with under a minute to play in the contest to put the Rebels up by two and halt any chances of a Tiger’s comeback. Ashley MacDonald had another strong defensive performance along with players Kayleigh Ehler-Vock, Madison Schaefer and Kayla Schaefer. MacDonald made eleven saves providing the defensive back bone for the Rebels that has carried them throughout the season and the playoffs, allowing for athletes like Flaherty and Farmer to go on the attack. Shannon Flaherty and Morgan Bresnahan also played game changing roles in the victory, drawing Middlebury’s coverage and attention while still being able to attack the net and score a goal apiece.
For Coach Anjie Soucy, it’s her second championship of the 2010-11 season, and a testament not only to her coaching ability and the quality of the young women she’s been working with, but the chemistry, work ethic, and team culture that she has been able to foster at South Burlington. No doubt Soucy and the Rebels will be set to continue this path next season, but for now they can simply enjoy the fruits of all their hard work and once again call themselves state champions.
Congratulations to the South Burlington girl’s lacrosse coach Anjie Soucy and team members Mattea Ringey, Ashley Norris, Lizzy Saward, Alyssa Guyette, Morgan Bresnahan, Kayleigh Ehler-Vock, Shannon Flaherty, Sydney Watkin, Emily Camardo, Madison Schaefer, Molly Higgins, Allie Flaherty, Kayla Schaefer, Anne-Marie Farmer, Reilly Simoneau, Taylor Leggett, Erin Monette-Owens, Jessica O’Toole, and Ashley McDonald.
SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent