Nearly 50 NPS 4th-6th graders participated in the school's interscholastic lacrosse program this year. The new logo of Spirit the Cardinal on the NPS athletic field, unveiled right after spring break, must have energized the boys' and girls' lax squads, as each had a banner season.
The NPS girls completed an outstanding athletic year that started during soccer season, continued into basketball, and ended in lacrosse. The girls amassed a 5 - 1 record, their only setback a one-goal defeat on a buzzer-beating shot. Girls coach Sasha Amirahmadi, who serves as NPS's team sports coordinator, cited the hard work of her squad, which led to great improvement over the course of the season. Kindergarten teaching associate Caitlin Mudd also coached the squad and both coaches commended the girls for being supportive team members who displayed great sportsmanship. Well done, Cardinals!
Meanwhile, the boys' squad consisted of many players new to the sport of lacrosse. That did not deter them, as they practiced and competed with great spirit. After a few "near miss" contests, the Cardinals put it all together in their final game of the year, beating powerhouse Landon School, 7-6, in a thrilling one goal game at Landon. Coaches Bob Craig and Malcolm Lester were pleased with the effort displayed by the boys throughout the season.
"NPS lacrosse had a terrific year," said Lester, also the Head of School. "The young men and women on our two teams represented their school extremely well. The graduating 6th graders left their mark on the field, and set a great example for others to follow. As a result, we are excited for the future both in lacrosse and also in our other interscholastic sports."
Photos by Susie Shaffer