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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Medfield High School girls varsity lacrosse team is poised to have a solid year in 2019, with some big names returning.
Leading Medfield this season will be a duo of senior co-captains in midfielder Erin Seibel and defender Lily Bannister.
Before a tough 8-7 loss to Groton-Dunstable in the Division II East semifinals to end last season, Medfield took down Watertown, 23-8, thanks to a 13-point game from Seibel (nine goals, four assists), and seized an 8-6 upset win at No. 3 Foxborough.
Winning two playoff games might be good enough for some teams, but not for this hungry Medfield group.
Seibel, who is committed to play at UMass in the fall and is coming off a season in which she notched her 200th career point, says the goal for Medfield girls lacrosse in 2019 is simple: win.
“We want to be strong in the TVL,” said Seibel. “Westwood is always a big competition, but teams like Hopkinton and Medway are going to be tough as well. We also want to make it further in the playoffs this year. Last year ended too soon and we want revenge.”
Despite getting some key names like Seibel and Bannister back, Medfield will have some figuring out to do in the offensive end with All-Scholastic recipient and TVL MVP Maggie McCarthy graduated.
“Maggie was an outstanding player and leader,” said Seibel on her ex-teammate and close friend. “I think the returning players are ready to step up and fill her shoes. It is going to take a whole offense and defense to make a great team. I think with a dominant player like that gone, other teams will think they will beat us easy with nothing to worry about, but they will definitely be surprised with what we have to bring.”
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