Last spring, the current seniors on the St. Mark’s girls lacrosse team experienced something new: not winning a share of the Independent School League championship.
They had won the title outright as freshmen and shared the honors with Governor’s Academy in 2016. As juniors, however, they fell just short, finishing with a conference record of 9-2 and looking up at Middlesex (9-1-1).
Despite not achieving the team’s goal in 2017, St. Mark’s coach Channing Warner returned with lofty expectations for the team in 2018.
"My expectations were we would be a really strong team and any loss would be my fault," she said. "We have good athletes. I owned that from the beginning."
Warner didn’t have to blame herself too often, as her team went 15-3 and again won a share of the ISL championship, tying Middlesex with league records of 11-1. The seniors on the roster, including Lillian Stout, concluded their prep careers with three championships in four seasons.