To the Piedmont womens lacrosse team those three letters mean so much. They are the end of a season, either triumphant or in disappointment. They are the goals of preseason, when every team hopes to end up on top.
Piedmont womens lacrosse has earned a two seed in division two NCS this year, earning them a home game for the first round against the seven seed Bishop O’dowd. Piedmont had an extremely successful season, they won their league, DVAL, for the first time ever, and then in NCS made the finals for the first time ever.
Piedmont played O’dowd on May 17 at Witter Field. The Highlanders won a decisive 15 to nothing victory over the dragons to move on the next round, which was played on May 20 also at Witter field against the three seed, Miramonte.
Piedmont had a diversity of players scoring goals, with eight different players sticking the ball in the back of the net. Capitan senior Natalie Godfrey lead with four goals and junior Tatum Burnett had three along with three from freshman Addie Christensen.
Godfrey said that 2014 has been the best season that Piedmont has had. They won the league title, DVAL, at home against Clayton Valley to add to the Highlander’s impressive year. It was the first league title ever in girls lacrosse history.
On Tuesday, May 20 Piedmont played Miramonte at Witter for the NCS semifinal. The Highlanders won 13 to nine to advance to the finals against Acalanes. Juniors Maddie Baum and Tatum Burnett lead the team in goals, each with four. There were scoring contributions from sophomores Zepora Zangwill and Katie St. Claire, and junior Abby Ramsey.
Both Godfrey and captain junior Alexandra Romanowski said that the team goal is to win NCS, of course, but they both said that in order to do so they have to take it one game at a time, and stay in the moment.
“What made us so successful this year is how the team dynamic worked on and off the field,” Romanowski said. “We know that no matter what happens we have each other’s backs, and not to mention the crazy amount of talent from every single girl on the team.”
On Thursday, May 22 Piedmont travelled to Acalanes for the final game of the year, the NCS final. Acalanes earned a one seed and hosted the championship. Although the Highlanders lost 21 to nine they still had an amazing season. It was the first time in school history that any lacrosse team had reached the finals in NCS.
Godfrey said “We have had a tough time all season starting our games strong and coming out with the aggression to pull ahead, and as a team we really worked hard to overcome this by having the confidence in ourselves to know that we can take on any team.”
Junior captain Maddie Baum said that the team worked together to win, instead of focusing on individual goals.
“I have full confidence in the team that we can win NCS next year,” Baum said.