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After winning Preps and the Non-Public A Championships last year, among many other accomplishments, Big Blue returns one of its strongest teams in recent history, and looks to once again advance to the Meet of Champions.

Led by captains Josie Jahng '19, Margot Present '19, and Avery Didden '19, this season's team is seven seniors strong and looking to improve upon their winning record last year.

Big Blue Beat: Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Team

By Madeline Skapper '20

Head Coach: Carter Abbott

Last season's highlights: Led by captains Natalie Lucciola '17, Charlotte Curnin '17, and Mary Pagano '17—who is now playing for Georgetown University—the 2016-17 Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Team (12-7) had a successful season, advancing to the NJSIAA State Sectional Finals, which marked the first time since 2011 that the team made it to the finals. Although they lost to Mount Saint Mary's (7-6) in the final game, they had many exciting victories throughout the season, including those against rival Ridge (17-14) and Holy Cross (11-9), who the team had lost to two years ago in the playoffs.  

What to watch for this season:
• Despite losing leading-scorer Mary to graduation, Head Coach Carter Abbott sees an opportunity for other players to step into her role, including this year's captains Mairead Higgins '18, Shea Smith '18, Sana Sheikh '18, and Josie Cummings '18.

• Foremost, Coach Abbott says she is looking forward to maintaining a positive team culture this season, and is aiming for a repeat State Finals appearance.

• Preparation for the upcoming season began shortly after Thanksgiving Break, when the captains organized twice weekly training sessions in the Bugliari Athletics Center (for those athletes not playing a winter sport), as well as once weekly stick work. For six Sundays this winter, clinics by an outside clinician are being held for interested players.

• Close to 70 girls—combined freshman, JV, and varsity—are expected this season, according to Coach Abbott. She added that the team is always looking for girls who want to play goalie.

Full-court Press:
"As I start my twenty-first year coaching lacrosse, and my eighth at Pingry, I am reminded of how much I love being on the field every day and helping the kids become better lacrosse players, as well as people. This season we will continue to emphasize a positive team culture, and maintaining the high spirits from last season."—Head Coach Carter Abbott

Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,