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Mount Mercy Academy Lacrosse Team

                If only wins and losses were considered, the Mount Mercy’s Lacrosse season would be viewed as unsuccessful, however the valuable experience, knowledge and skills that the young team learned make this season invaluable.  With only seven returning players and a new coach, the season had its share of growing pains.

            “Honestly going into the season I wasn't sure what to expect.  We started off with half the team never playing the sport before and a large part of the team had graduated,” Rookie Coach Kristi Reed commented. “We started from the ground up. I expected the girls to work hard and they did.  It's tough having a losing season but the girls fought hard especially in the last game.”

                With all but three of the team’s members returning to action in 2019, hopes are high for a more successful record next year.   Senior Mary Barnes (Fredonia) led the team with 20 goals and one assist and fellow senior Abby Hillery (Hamburg) scored 13 goals and had one assist.  Freshman Gracee Donovan (Orchard Park) notched 19 goals and added 4 assists.  Sophomore Sara Geiser (West Seneca) chipped in with 18 goals and an assist and junior Mariah Rullan (Buffalo) had nine goals and eight assists.  Junior goalie Julia Orcutt (West Seneca) recorded 104 saves this season.

                Barnes and Donovan were both voted First Team All-Catholics, while Geiser and Hillery were named Second Team All-Catholic selections.

                Reed remarked “I expect Sara Gieser and Mariah Rullan will most likely be our top returning scorers. I do believe there is tremendous potential with the young team we have.  I know that many girls will be working on their skill in the off season to come back even better.” Reed was especially complimentary to the many players who never played the game before but made significant strides in skills, understanding the rules and putting it all together on the field.

            In addition to Barnes and Hillery, the team will also lose senior Chloe George (Buffalo). “I know

that all three of our seniors will do extremely well in college and in life.  They are amazing young women

with hearts of lions.  I am sure that they will accomplish much in the future,” Reed concluded.

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