For a team that was not short on stars, it was the collective group that helped the Sacred Heart Greenwich Varsity A Lacrosse team shine brightest in 2023.
The team finished with a 16-1 record, including multiple wins over teams in the USA Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse Top-25, and finished as the top team in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A.
Sacred Heart’s season was good enough to earn them a top-10 spot in both the Inside Lacrosse final poll at No. 8 and the USA Lacrosse High School girls lacrosse final poll at No. 9. Both polls included multiple teams from Connecticut and Fairfield County, including Darien High School, who finished as the undisputed No. 1 team in both polls, and also dealt Sacred Heart their only loss, a 9-8 defeat on April 4.
For Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Co-Head Coach Sharon Robinson, this group of girls epitomized what it means to be a complete team. “We didn’t have any holes. The team, together, is so talented, and so good. They are great kids, highly motivated, and really buy in. We definitely have a lot of talent, but they work really hard too.”
Robinson, who shares coaching duties with Jackie Pierce and Stephanie Serino, was quick to credit the whole team’s effort as the reason for their success.
“The coaches, we all work together so well. We had great captains, who had a team first mentality. We coach and play for each other and for Sacred Heart Greenwich.”
Seniors captains, Corbin C.’23 and Kelly H. ‘23 had plenty of help in the leadership category, as the team had five other seniors in Laura O’C. ‘23, Karina S. ‘23, Mackenzie C. ‘23, Maggie S.’23, and Olivia C.23 who all played a pivotal role in leading the team.
This past season presented their toughest schedule to date, as they battled some of the region’s best from New Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, playing teams like Darien, Summit (NJ), Oak Knoll (NJ), Westhampton (LI), and Hill (PA).
“We knew we were going to be strong, so we wanted to give the players a tough schedule, and tried to pick up games against as many tough teams as possible,” Robinson said.
The team was certainly up for the challenge and finished the season with a number of individual All-NEPSAC accolades, while O’Connor and Haggerty were named USA Lacrosse All-Americans.
Boasting 11 student-athletes who are committed to play lacrosse at the Division I level, the team also includes six members of the class of 2023 who have signed, and five members of the class of 2024 who are currently verbally committed.
Invigorated by a winning record against a very challenging schedule, the team has set the bar for the future of this program… and they may just be getting started.