The National Schools Lacrosse Tournament started with a flourish with both the First and Second Teams being placed in the top 8 teams nationally. Day one saw the First Team finish undefeated after securing wins against Cheltenham, TASIS, Uppingham, Fettes College, Sherborne Girls and Guildford High School!
Head of Lacrosse Coaching, Miss Harrington, commented: “The final game against Guildford was a real nail-biter as both teams were undefeated up until this point, but in true Moreton spirit the girls dug deep and came out 7-4 winners!”
The second team were also victorious, winning five out of six games and defeating strong opposition such as Lady Eleanor Holles and Godolphin.
Their success ensured that both the First and Second team were placed in the top group for the Championship finals on Sunday.
Weather conditions were atrocious: gale force winds and relentless rain all day long. But, the girls remained undaunted. Miss Harrington said: “They showed grit, determination and passion all weekend and really did Moreton proud.”
Both the First team and the Second team reached the quarterfinals – such an achievement for a school of Moreton’s size. Indeed, the First team almost reached the semi-finals, losing their final match by a golden goal scored by the team they had beaten the previous day: Guildford High, a school which is considerably larger and selective. Indeed, after beating them 7-4 in the opening rounds, luck seemed not to favour the brave on this occasion.
First Team Captain, Milly, commented:
“It's always hard to end the season with a loss, especially on a golden goal. In those knock out games, there is such a fine line as to who comes out on top and it just didn't end up going our way.
“However, losing to Guildford on Sunday didn't define our 2019 Nationals as the lacrosse we played in our final Saturday game, where we beat Guildford 7 - 4, was absolutely incredible.
“When that final whistle went on Sunday I was absolutely gutted because this year we truly were one of the best and deserved top 4.”
Commenting on both achieving a place in the top 8 teams in the country, Principal Mr Forster had the final word:
“I am so proud of all the girls and staff. It was an exhilarating two days of Lacrosse and our magnificent teams received lots of vocal support from OMs and parents.”