As the four women’s lacrosse teams take the field for the Division III national semifinals on Saturday in Owings, Md., there might be a feeling of déjà vu.
For the second-straight season SUNY Cortland, Trinity, Middlebury and Salisbury have all made the final four. Once again locals on three of the teams have played vital roles in their teams return to the national semifinals.
Holy Child’s Hadley Duncan has helped Trinity (20-0), the reigning national champions, return to the final four and continue its win streak. The Bantams have won 28-straight games, dating back to April 25 of last year. Duncan led Trinity with two goals in its 8-7 win over Salisbury in last season’s national championship game. This year the senior is tied for second on the team in goals (36) and fourth in points (42).
Taking on the Bantams are the Red Dragons (21-1), a team with a trio of locals. North Rockland’s Tara Monaghan has led SUNY Cortland in draw controls (90) as a freshman. Monaghan has also posted 37 points (32 goals, five assists) and scooped 30 groundballs. Byram Hills’ Alex Fritz is also a freshman on the team along with junior Kerry Bretti, a Fox Lane graduate.
Middlebury (18-2) will take on Salisbury (21-0) on the other side of the bracket. Scarsdale’s Margaret Souther (pictured above), a senior, is second on the Panthers in points (62) and groundballs (33). She also leads Middlebury in caused turnovers (24). Heather Marrison, a Brewster native who played at Hotchiss, has played in 17 games, making 16 starts. Marrison, a senior, has 30 groundballs. Rye’s Madeleine Kinker, a freshman, and junior Dee Miller, a Rye native who played at Convent of Sacred Heart, are also on the team.