This has been a week that will go down in Moreton’s sporting history. Across the Senior School, teams and coaches prepared for the highlight of the Lacrosse calendar: Nationals.
Both the First team and the Second team were placed in the top 8 teams in the country; a huge achievement.
First Team captain, Milly said: “We couldn’t have given more on the day and I am so proud of my team members.”
“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.”
Her sentiment was echoed by Head of Lacrosse Coaching, Miss Harrington, who commented:
“The girls were so close - going out on a golden goal was really tough. I’ve never had the opportunity of working with such a dedicated and hard working group of girls. They will always have a special place in my heart for the memories and happiness they have brought me this season.”
For the first time Moreton took a Third Team to Nationals. Mrs Sanderson said: “Hopefully this will be the start of a new tradition. The experience gave the girls the chance to reflect on their performance and to improve with each match.”
The Under Fifteen team had a tough group, with some very close games and just missed out on a top 16 place. Miss Harrington reflected: “This was an ideal learning curve and preparation for senior lacrosse next year.”
The ebullient Under Fourteen team were crowned champions having battled against some gruelling opposition. Their coach, Mrs Lewin said:
“The girls have achieved the best possible accolade. There is nothing higher than this. They are the number one team in the country for their sport.”
Miss Harrington added: “This is the first time we’ve ever won Nationals. The fire and desire that the team showed was inspiring and the memories of this will live with them for the rest of their lives.”
Last but not least, the promising Under Thirteen team reached the semi-finals, narrowly losing to the team who went on to win. They are now placed in the top 4 teams in the country. Miss Harrington described the team as having so much potential. “Even at their young age they can still hold their own with the top teams.”
She concluded: “The future of Moreton Hall’s lacrosse is very bright!”