Lustig, who was also All-New England, led the Mavericks in goals (47) and finished with 52 points. After beginning her varsity career as an eighth grader, she broke out as a sophomore with 46 goals and took off from there.
“It was great having two prolific scorers,” said Devaney, whose team finished 9-3 this spring. “They’ve been playing together for four years now and push each other. Both girls are terrific in the classroom, too.
When Emily came out as an eighth grader we called her ‘Bambi’ because she was all arms and legs. She has grown into a very graceful lacrosse player with fluent movements.”
Young players key help success
The Mavericks’ potent scoring attack was aided by sophomore defensive wing Sara Kessler, who was the third-leading point getter with 24 goals and three assists. Ayla Rauhala, Kessler’s defensive wing partner, was accurate with quick connecting passes to put Waring on the attack and helped the transition game click.
“We worked so well together,” said Kessler, who is from Byfield. “I used to be a floater, but started playing defensive wing this year and it’s a great position for me because I have access to the whole field. It involves a lot of running, and I love to run.
“This was an amazing year; it was great to see our eighth and ninth graders grow over the season. We had a lot of new members on the team, but we all were very close and worked together, which is why we were so successful.”
The reason they scored a lot of goals every game, said Devaney, was because of efficient passing. They kept the ball in the air almost all the time and hit the open person with pinpoint accuracy, making such a swift transition from defense to attack that most opponents were unable to adjust to quickly enough.