Waring 20, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall 4: Senior Eleanor Lustig of Hamilton scored four goals and added one assist while junior Sara Kessler of Byfield accomplished the same scoring feats, guiding the Mavericks to their ninth Independent Girls Conference (IGC) title in the last 10 seasons.
“These kids over the years have just been amazing. One class leaves and others step up and fill the void perfectly,” said Waring head coach Ambrose Devaney, whose team concluded its season at 11-1-1. “They’re so good academically that I feel it really helps their game, too. The older kids teach the younger kids how we do things and what needs to be done for us to succeed.
“Success breeds success; I really feel like it’s in their DNA at Waring.”
Lustig, who will play lacrosse at Williams College next spring, finished the season with 38 goals. She was also dominant on draw control, earning 19 of 24 draws.
Kessler, who like Lustig will be playing in tomorrow’s New England Prep School all-star game in Worcester, finished as the Mavericks’ leading scorer with 43 goals.
Sophomore Adele McEwen added three goals and an assist yesterday; she also finished with over 30 goals this spring. Defender Marilyn Hindrich also netted three goals in the victory; UMass Amherst-bound attack Audrey Sheetz had a pair of goals; senior Kate Miller had a goal and assist in her final game before heading off to Tulane; and sophomore Marina Sheetz, Sarah Pfieffer and Grace Gustaferro had one goal apiece.
Freshman Kat Pappas of Ipswich was again strong in goal. Brooke Adams, another senior captain bound for UMass Amherst, excelled on ground balls. A fifth senior who played in her final game, defender Marge Mullen, will matriculate to the University of Chicago.
“There’s no league title or postseason that these girls play for; this was it,” said Devaney. “They worked so hard for this and were rewarded for it.”