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Lacrosse - Varsity Girls
2018 - 2019
Head Coach: Mellissa Catenza
The Varsity Girls' Lacrosse team carries a long tradition of excellence at Derryfield that includes NHIAA State DIII Championship in 2014 and state runner up titles in 2015, 2005 and 1998 as well as many players recognized for All State teams each year. A handful of players have also been chosen to play on the Women's National Developmental Team in the last few years. Many Derryfield lacrosse players have continued to play at the collegiate Division I, II and III levels. The team competes in Division III of the NHIAA and plays a full schedule including some out-of-division scrimmages. With the benefit of having a middle school feeder team and a JV squad, Derryfield has founded a program that encourages all players to develop lacrosse skills, competitive spirit, and sportsmanship while loving the sport and making lasting friendships. Players often attend summer camps, play in local winter leagues, participate on club and travel teams and have also traveled to Florida for preseason training.
Coach Catenza started playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, PA. She played all four years as an attack wing and was chosen as an All-Star her senior year. Sadly, she had to sit out that senior season with two torn ligaments in her knee, but she followed her physcial therapist's training exercises religiously and was able to "walk on" and play for Boston College! She played two years at BC as a right attack wing and loved it. As she has said several times in our conversations thus far, "I LOVE this game!"
As an adult, Coach Catenza found out about the youth program in Concord when her daughter, who is currently a freshman, was in fourth grade. She signed up her daughter to play and signed herself up to coach. She wanted to properly teach her the sport that she played and was passionate about. This will be Coach Catenza's sixth year coaching. She has been coaching in the Concord youth program at the U11-U15 levels for the past five years and then coached the U15 level for the past two years.
Coach Catenza's mantra to her players is always, "Any given Sunday..." meaning that it doesn't matter what the other team's record is or their ranking but it's who "shows up" to the game and the possibility of beating them is theirs to take. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and knowledge with everyone at Derryfield.
In the Division III State Final, Derryfield varsity pushed the unbeaten #1 seeds, Hopkinton all the way, just coming up short in a 12-11 loss. The team gave their large crowd of supporters lots to cheer for and be proud of in the way that they kept battling throughout the game. Varsity Girls' Lax, you can certainly hold your heads high!!
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.