MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough girls lacrosse team scored its first ever victory Tuesday afternoon with a resounding 18-0 victory over Belmont.
“It was a very exciting day for our girls. They are only in their first season as a varsity team and it was big win for them,” said coach Beth Doda, who says that every player who stepped onto the field for Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough contributed to the win.
Leading the way for her team was freshman Reagan Buhrman, who scored six goals; senior Margaux Dickinson with four, and junior Taylor Colby with three.
“It was a real team effort. Not only do we have a lot of athletic girls, we have a lot of girls with leadership qualities,” says Doda, who says she has seen a lot of development of players from last year's junior varsity team which she coached.
“The great thing abut lacrosse is that if you have the movement skills you can learn the ball handing skills pretty fast,” she said.
She said that 11 players returned from last year's team and that nine freshmen have turned out to play this year, including five of whom are starters.
“Our goalie, Angelica Lara is a freshman who never played lacrosse before. But she's athletic and has picked up the skills she needs,” says Doda.
“It was a learning experience for our players last year and we're looking to be competitive and have an exciting season as a varsity team,” she says.
Other top returning players for the Lakers include seniors Katie Gallagher and Ali Robinson, juniors Faith Boucher, Kayla Galipeault, Lauren Hurley and Jenny Packard and sophomores Olivia Donahue, Katie Dubois and Juliet McCrudden.
Other Freshmen players include Taylor Ambrose, Tori Donahue, Sammy Kernen, Emily Marra, Zoe Norton, Olivia Pendergast and Rachel Taggett
Tuesday was also a big day for the Inter-Lakes boys' lacrosse team, which is also making its debut as a varsity program this season, and posted the first win in program history, 15-7 over Belmont. Brendyn Marsh and Liam Brown with 4 goals each to lead the way.
The boys team is coached by Chuck Buhrman.
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough's Reagan Buhrman takes a shot to the goal against Belmont's Keagan Berry on Tuesday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)