WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. Liz Garry of Mamaroneck and Margaret Souther of Scarsdale are at it again this spring, and they're bringing success to the Middlebury College womens lacrosse team.
Middlebury, 11-3, will be playing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference final four, beginning Saturday at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Middlebury, seeded third, will play fourth-seeded Amherst at 2:30 p.m. At noon, top-seeded Trinity meets seventh-seeded Hamilton.
Garry and Souther were also impact players on the Middlebury field hockey team, which played for the conference and NCAA Division III titles last fall. In the conference semifinals, Middlebury beat Amherst to reach the title game.
Garry, a Rye Country Day School graduate, feels that the momentum from the field hockey season carried over into lacrosse season.
I think that everyone watching us, in field hockey, saw how tangible getting to the finals is, said Garry, who will graduate in a few weeks. Getting to the finals is not an illusive thing. It helped everybody to believe that we could absolutely be there this spring.
Souther, a Scarsdale High School graduate, leads the team in scoring with 27 goals and 19 assists. Garry is second with 23 goals and 13 assists. Ironically, Souther and Garry played defense on the field hockey team.
Bronxville resident and field hockey teammate Lucy Jackson is a captain on the lacrosse team. The Westchester County trio is joined by two more field hockey teammates.
Coming into preseason, everyone was excited to get going with the way we ended last year, Garry said. That left a lot of people unsatisfied. We have incredible depth on our team this year. One of the reasons why we have continued to succeed and get better is because of how deep our team runs. When you practice against really good players, you can continue to improve.
When Middlebury and Amherst met April 7, Middlebury came away with an 8-5 win. Souther had three assists and Garry collected two. It was one of the few games in which neither scored a goal.
I think part of the success of our team this year is because of how good individually everyone is, Garry said. Every day we challenge each other to get better and refuse to let anybody get away with easy play or slacking off. We also have an incredibly cohesive unit that cares a lot about one another on and off the field, and this has translated into games.
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