Lincoln-Sudbury girls’ lacrosse fall to Westwood in state semifinals
NATICK — Lincoln-Sudbury’s senior women’s lacrosse captain, Nicola Donlan, couldn’t stop smiling.
It’s not something you’d expect to see from someone who saw their high school career come to a humble end.
“This group of people is my favorite group of people,” Donlan said after the Warriors’ 16-2 loss to No. 2 Westwood in the Division 1 semifinals on Thursday. “Throughout my four years of high school, I couldn’t be happier that this is the group I end it with, especially with these other seven seniors.
“The Great Eight, I just had a blast.”
The third-seeded Warriors, who advanced to their first state semifinal appearance in at least a decade, became the 48th casualty in the Wolverines’ winning streak. The last time Westwood lost a game was in 2019 when they fell to Notre Dame Academy (Hingham), 13-8, in the Southern Section final.
“I don’t think anyone thought we would be here given what we got last year,” LS coach Kallie Kelly said. “We knew, but I don’t think if you had to make a prediction at the start of the year it certainly wasn’t ‘LS are going to be in the Final Four’. It certainly wasn’t ‘LS are going to be the seeded n°3 in the slice.'”
Westwood (24-0) exerted its dominance by outscoring Lincoln-Sudbury, 9-1, in the first half. Reagan Malo started the second half with a goal to make it 9-2 but it was only Wolverines after that as they ended the game scoring seven unanswered goals.
“All credit goes to Westwood,” Kelly said. “They were probably the favorites this season. Obviously a super well trained and excellent program from top to bottom.
“To even be considered with these top four (teams) is a huge feather in our cap.”
Despite the loss, the Warriors (17-4) still have something to hang their hats on over the past four years.
“We have a group of little kids wearing Lincoln-Sudbury girls’ lacrosse shirts waiting to run around to hug the players,” Kelly said. “For us, we’ve created a spark around women’s lacrosse in Sudbury. In a community that’s obviously very well known for its lacrosse boys, these girls have taken us to a new level and we think there’s something about LS women’s lacrosse now and that’s such a proud point for us now.
“We are extremely proud of this group and it is led by wonderful seniors.”
While the season may have ended in disappointment for Lincoln-Sudbury, this senior class leaves the team in good hands.
“I think we’re all extremely lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people,” said senior goaltender Sofia Trevino. “Underclassmen are crazy. We’re all incredibly close, there’s not a single person on this team I wouldn’t trust my life to.”
“I can’t wait to see where they go in the future,” added Donlan, who will play lacrosse at Tufts University in the fall.
“They’re going to kill him,” Trevino concluded.
Ethan Winter is a senior multimedia sports reporter at the Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EWints.