Archmere Girls' Lacrosse Competes in State Championship Game
"This group of seniors, who were joined on the varsity by Lexie Maloy in 2018, wrapped up their high school careers on May 23 in the state championship game. And although they lost to Cape Henlopen, 15-8, they will graduate having done something no other Auks team had. They reached the title match." On Thursday, May 23rd,Archmere played in its first final in the state tournament’s 22-year history. Meghan Reilly scored four goals for the Auks and Caroline Donovan and Kate Olsen provided two each.
The 2019 Auks opened the season with seven straight wins before falling to Cape Henlopen, the same team that would get them again in the final. The Vikings, winners now of 11 straight state championships, won that Saturday afternoon in April by six goals, which was their smallest margin of victory against Delaware opponents.
Archmere seized the Diamond State Athletic Conference title in mid-April with a come-from-behind victory at Newark Charter, clinching and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the state tournament. They would win five of their remaining six games, four of which were against teams that made the state tournament.
Over the last four seasons, the group of seniors on the Archmere girls' lacrosse team has a composite record of 55-13, including state tournament play. They reached the semifinals their sophomore and junior years, and the trip to the final came this year. Caroline Donovan '19 said she hopes she and her teammates can help a future generation of lacrosse players.
Mike Lang of The Dialog quotes senior Caroline Donovan as saying, “There are a lot of opportunities in the future where we can give back, and I hope that everybody does because without this program, I probably wouldn’t be going to play Division I lacrosse, so I’m grateful for everything that they’ve done for me,” she said. “It’s really hard to walk away from this. Some of us have played all four years together. Jen, Kate and I have played club together for the past four years, and this team made us the players we are today,” she said. Caroline will continue playing in college at William & Mary.
Congratulations to the girls' lacrosse team for an incredibly successful season!