The girls lacrosse team qualified for the inaugural Founders League championship game with a resounding 15-2 win over visiting Westminster on May 21.
It was the 13th win by double digits for the Bearcats (14-1), who dropped just one regular-season game to enter the tournament as the #1 seed against #4 Westy. The win qualifies Hotchkiss to host the championship game against Taft on Wednesday May 25 at 2:30 p.m. The Bearcats beat the Rhinos 18-5 in their only meeting this season.
Co-captain Ellie Traggio ’22 led the way with five goals on six shots, and was joined in the scoring column by Etta Coburn (2), Avery Doran (2), Kathryn Wilson, Jordyn Harrison, Jami Macdonald, Eleanor Helm, Sarah Wells, and Charlotte Dorman.
Hotchkiss enjoyed substantial leads in nearly every offensive statistic, including total shots (25 to 8), shots on goal (20 to 6), and draws won (12 to 5).
Coburn proved particularly effective in the center circle, winning 10 of 12 draws on the day.
Although the Martlets opened the day’s scoring with a goal at 1:28, the Bearcats responded immediately with three goals in two minutes. Traggio provided an early highlight on the second goal, taking the ball the entire length of the field and the burying the shot from close range.
Four more goals in the next five minutes would give Hotchkiss a 7-1 margin, and the team closed with five more goals to extend the lead to 12-1.
The second half saw many substitutions and position changes, including goalie Zoe Froimovitz ’24 taking over for starter Jordan Healy ’22. Although the scoring pace slowed, Hotchkiss was still able to apply defensive pressure and control possession for most of the period.
In the other two Founders League tournaments, boys varsity lacrosse dropped a tight 11-2 contest as the #3 seed at #2 Avon, and the baseball team lost 5-1 as the #7 seed against #6 Taft.