This season, Bishop’s Girls’ Lacrosse is loaded with talent. The Knights started the year 1-3, with two one-goal losses: one in extra time against Coronado and one in sudden death to Our Lady of Peace. However, in a testament to that resolve, they produced a week of wins against Bonita Vista and Westview. The first game exhibited an offensive surge, and the second was a closely fought come-from-behind victory.
On March 14, the Knights came ready for battle on home turf. In a total team effort, Bishop’s produced in 16 goals! Attackers worked hard to re-defend after every save, preventing Bonita Vista from transitioning the ball and mounting an effective offense.
The Knights scored early and often in this contest, with three goals in the final 1:53 of the half to take an 8-0 lead at the break. The second half was no different. The team scored from all over the field and from every position, adding another eight goals to the total while holding the Barons to just six scores.
Seven Knights found the net with Lila Browne ‘20’s led the pack with five. Ryan Hemerick ’21 and Rachel Waite ’19 each had three. Caroline Alleyne ’19 fired two goals along with Courtney Anderson ’20, Hana Belmonte-Ryu ’19 and Margo Lyons ’20, who scored one each. The team also dominated on ground balls with 18, led by Rachel’s five. The team overwhelmed the Barons’ goalie with 36 shots on goal. Z Greene ’22 had six saves.
This was a nice win, and all signs pointed to a fine start for the week.
Hitting the road against Westview on March 15 was not quite as easy. This matchup was a donnybrook with neither side willing to give an inch. For the first 12 minutes of the game, the Wolverines snarled at Bishop’s, taking a 5-0 lead. But in the last 10 minutes of the half, ignited by shifting Courtney Anderson from defender to midfielder, the Knights unleashed a seven-goal cyclone, hitting halftime up 7-5. It was a true see-saw battle if there ever was one.
The second half demanded composure from the team, as Westview scored two goals quickly to tie up the game. But four seconds later, the Knights dashed ahead for a 9-8 lead, which the team built to an 11-8 margin with 9:50 left in the contest. The Wolverines clawed back with two unanswered goals with 7:20 and 4:59 on the clock. Bishop’s was up to the challenge and put the winning goal across with three minutes to go. Up 12-10, it was time for some vigilant defense. Westview was pugnacious, however, and added a score with just over two minutes remaining.
In that last two minutes, Bishop’s shut down the Wolverines. The Knights forced key turnovers, gaining possession and controlling the ball for the last 30 seconds with an effective stall to get the final 12-11 win.
Key performances in the game included an offensive burst of five goals by Courtney Anderson, normally a defender. Ryan had three and Margo had two. Margo also had a key assist that changed the tempo of the game. Z had several standout saves among her five, along with a strong clear to Maddie Cramer ’22, who used her speed to gain ground balls that changed the game. Team defense ruled in the last two minutes with Caroline Alleyne, Maya Ebel ‘21, Marley Meyer ‘19, and Natalie Slosar ‘19, who slowed Westview’s midfield transition to secure the victory.
Bishop’s puts its 3-3 record on the line against league rival Pacific Ridge today at home with a 4 p.m. faceoff.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.