Girls' Lacrosse Dominant Dynasty Rolls On at NHS
By Rishi Nachnani and Zach Leshin
22-3, 24-0, 25-1. These are the recent records of girl’s lacrosse at Novato High. In the last few years, varsity girls lacrosse has been representing Hornet’s athletics as the most successful team at the school. Bringing home back-to-back to-back MCAL and NCS championships, the Hornets have been dominant in and out of league play.
This kind of success isn’t just brought on by raw talent. For this team, practice is everything. In the offseason, they have many different workouts. These include daily practices, weight training, and swim workouts throughout the year.
Junior Maddy Frank discussed how this constant training plays a role in her life.
“Lacrosse is very time consuming but it’s so fun. That’s something that we really emphasize as a team; we do work really hard but it’s always fun,” said Frank. “You just have to be good at time management. This year I take three AP’s and a challenging math course and it is really difficult, but you just have to time manage.”
These workouts and practices also increase team chemistry as the team spends many hours together. Senior attack Charlie Rudy described the importance of team bonding.
“Team chemistry is really important so that when we’re on the field we can play as a unit,” said Rudy. “Our team bonds a lot off the field and we’re all just a big group of friends, which makes it so much easier to play.”
Last season, Rudy broke the national record for most goals in a single season, racking up a total of 160 goals in 26 games played. It doesn’t end there, as Rudy is looking to contribute to bringing home another title in her senior year before she continues her lacrosse career at University of Colorado.
“My motivation to keep practicing hard everyday is to make others look good and so that we can win NCS again,” said Rudy.
Aside from Rudy, many others on the team have committed to play lacrosse at the next level. Brooke Long and Annie Dalton are headed to UC Davis, while Katie McGrath will be going to Butler, Jamie Level to Oregon, and Maddy Frank to Regis University.
This year’s team features many different players and personalities, including many who have played their whole lives and some who started in high school. Defensive standouts Rachael Yoder and Vanessa Torres started playing in only their sophomore year. They’ve started every year since then and have been vital assets to the team’s defense.
The Hornets also have some pregame rituals contributing to their success. Senior Jamie Level described what the team does before every game.
“We have to listen to this song called ‘Stud’ on SoundCloud, which really gets us in the zone,” said Level.
She also stated how she has to superstitiously wear a certain anklet or the team will lose.
Recently, the team’s success caught the attention of sponsors. Nike has provided the team with backpacks, jackets, shoes, sweats, and many different t-shirts, including one that says “We Run Marin.” They also were invited to display their skills in Vero Beach, Florida against the nation’s top competition earlier this season. The Hornets had a successful trip, winning three out of four, with the only loss coming against national powerhouse, McDonough.
The Hornet's dynasty for girls lacrosse has continued to prove itself as the 2018 season rolls along. They will be looking to bring home MCAL and NCS championships for the fourth year in a row.
Head coach Rory Daly has coached Novato High School’s varsity girls lacrosse team for the past six years, now currently in his seventh. He’s built the powerful girls lacrosse program at Novato and has established a winning culture. In 2011, the team finished the year with a record of 2-11. In 2012, Daly’s first year as head coach, they ended the season with a impressive record of 15-3. This impressive rise has been the story every year as the team continues to improve.
Next year, Daly is leaving Novato along with many of the seniors who have been key factors to the team. These will be major losses, as they’ve built this program from the ground up.
Sophomore Hailee Seehusen shared her thoughts on these future changes.
“It's gonna be hard for sure and the feeling is gonna be a lot different, but it’s still Novato and we still will have a core group that can push each other. It may not be to the same scale but I think we still will do very well,” said Seehusen.
Frank also discussed the future.
“We will have to readjust our goals, but we’re always going to strive to be the best. But, we have to take it step by step and have little accomplishments before big ones,” said Frank.
Come see the lady Hornets and support them to another victory, as they look to add to their win column vs. Menlo School tomorrow afternoon.