The Five Year Win Streak Continues: The Story of Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse

Ellie Duffy ’26 in Sports | May 28, 2023

Over the past week, the Lawrenceville Girls Varsity Lacrosse team became Mercer County Champs for the fifth year in a row. This year Big Red were the number one-seeded team in the Mercer County bracket, followed by the second-seeded Allentown, third-seeded Princeton Day, fourth-seeded Notre Dame, fifth-seeded Hun, sixth-seeded Peddie, seventh-seeded Princeton, and eighth-seeded Robbinsville. Lawrenceville came into the playoffs with an impressive regular season record of 11-3. Big Red entered the tournament strong, beating Robbinsville 18-6 in the first round last Monday. The team continued their strong play into the second round, winning 10-3 against Notre Dame on Wednesday and beating Allentown earlier this Saturday in a very close 10-9 title game. The Lawrenceville Girls Lacrosse Team, containing some of the most talented players in the country, showcased once again their determination this week ending up with the Mercer County Title (MCT).

Lawrenceville started their championship defense with an 18-6 blowout over the Robbinsville Ravens. The eighth-seeded Robbinsville team entered the tournament with a record of 8-8 in the regular season and only put up six goals against the fierce Big Red team. Lawrenceville, led by Coach Ewanchyna, had five goals from Maddie Brogan ’24, three by Amelie Deng ’24, two each coming from Coco Hunt ’23, Chloe Babich ’24, Hayla Dora ’24, and Lexie Koch ’25; with Caitlin Hoover ’23 and Eloise Galante ’25 contributing one goal each. Along with 18 shots ripped into the Robbinsville goal, the Big Red goalie, Malia Zovich ’24, made 7 solid saves to secure the win. The girls completely dominated Robbinsville to advance into the second round, where they played against a much stronger Notre Dame Fighting Irish team (N.D.) who were seeded fourth in the MCT. Up against an N.D. team boasting an impressive 12-3 record in the regular season, Big Red came away with a commanding 10-3 victory, even after being down a goal in the early minutes. In the first half, Babich and Koch both scored two goals, with Deng and Mia Kincade ’25 chipping in with goals of their own, against just two goals scored by the Notre Dame team. Later in the second half, Lawrenceville cemented their win with four more goals for a total of 10 and the win. Like the previous game, Lawrenceville goalie Zovich totaled seven more saves securing Lawrenceville a spot in the championship game on Saturday.

With a noon start time, the Lawrenceville team arrived at the nearby Lawrence High School ready to take the Mercer County Title for an unprecedented fifth year in a row. Big Red was up against the same Allentown Redbirds program they faced during the 2022 MCT title game, coming away with an astounding 16-9 victory, and Big Red hoped for a repeat of last year’s result. Motivated to defend their title, many of the same Lawrenceville players plus a few talented new faces, Big Red came out firing. Big Red started the game with two goals each from Brogan and Kate Morey ’24, and goals from  Hoover, Kincade, Koch, and Deng, giving Lawrenceville an 8-4 lead going into halftime. After the half, Lawrenceville added a goal each by Morey and Kincade upping their lead to six at 10-4, before the Redbirds made a late run to cut the lead. As the half continued the Redbirds totaled four goals, making the game a bit more of a nail-biter than the defending champs were expecting. Lawrenceville ended a very close game by becoming reigning champs for yet another season, claiming the victory at a score of 10-9.

Overall, after coming into the tournament as first-seeded favorites, the Lawrenceville team demonstrated their strength and comradery with victories in all three rounds. After an 18-6 win against Robbinsville, a strong victory against Notre Dame, and a close game against Allentown in the final, the Big Red team showcased their unity and determination. The girls were able to represent the Lawrenceville Girls Lacrosse Program with another championship. As the lacrosse season begins to wrap up, hopefully  Big Red will continue their five-year winning streak into the next Mercer County Tournament of 2024.