“No Fear” for Girls’ Lacrosse
by Allison Kelly
The Girl’s Lacrosse season starts off with tryouts on March 21. Tryouts take up to 2 days, and then players will find out what team they made.
Krystal DePaolo is the head coach of the varsity team. She coached the girls back in 2013 and 2014; both years in which they won MVC titles. After 2014, she went on to coach division III at Dean College in Franklin, MA.
DePaolo returned to Methuen in 2020. Aryanna Poirier, who was a player under DePaolo, is also a coach. “Both coaches provide unbelievable support and make the girls love the sport even more,” said captain Mackenzie Tierney.
During the 2021 season, the team finished second in the MVC. They lost to Woburn in the first round of states.
This year, the team motto is “No Fear”.
“I think ‘No Fear’ is a good representation of what our goals should be for this season,” said Ellis.
Senior Alexsa Carreiro explained, “Having this team motto represents something that we always talked about and what our coach wants us to live by. It’s good motivation for this year.”
This year’s captains include Tierney, Elise Ellis, Julia Bryant, and Jenny Nguyen.
When asked about the captain’s practice, Tierney said, “The main focus is to get the stick in everyone’s hand and even help introduce the sport to new players. It’s been difficult with cold weather and snow, but when the field isn’t under the greatest conditions we do some wall ball as well as a team run or sprints to still maintain the movement for upcoming tryouts in just a few weeks.” Practices started in mid-January on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Junior Varsity will have its home opener against Haverhill on March 31. Varsity will head to Billerica for an opening jamboree on March 26. Their first home game will be on March 31 against Haverhill.