Western New England Champs
The girls lacrosse team ended their season with a convincing win 14-8 against perennial rival, Westminster. As a result, the Bears clinched the Western New England Class B title for the first time in school history. Earlier in the season, Berkshire defeated a powerhouse Williston squad who had owned the Western New England title for the past 6 years, handing them their only loss of the season. The Bears, who finished the season at 12-4, set a new school record for most wins in a season, including decisive wins over Hotchkiss and Deerfield, both big, strong Class A teams, the first time in the 39-year history of the program.
All of these accomplishments appropriately signified the amazing impact of the class of 2012 on girls lacrosse at Berkshire. Coaches Chapin and Renehan credit tri-captains Casey Lyons, Katherine Sweeney and Madison Vessels, along with Ruby Fee, Caroline Carey, Lucy Fowlkes, Taylor Lynch and Micaela Thibault and junior goalie phenom Britt Brown, for setting the tone and playing with an edge. The eight seniors who graduated last week have established a lasting legacy that future players will know forever. Not only did they contribute to over 80% of the goals this season, they were instrumental in establishing a locker room culture that enabled success for this special group of girls. They stayed after practice to perfect their shots and modeled commitment to the underclassman. We will have fun next year watching Casey play at Ohio State and Katherine play at Albany, both top Division I programs. No doubt, they will have a lasting impact at their next schools as well. New England honors pay a clear tribute to our eight seniors and remind future lacrosse players at Berkshire that they stand on the shoulders of those who came before them.