SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – TAPintoSPF is honoring the Class of 2020 with a series of senior profiles honoring the athletes who did not get to play their spring sports seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Today, we will highlight the Girl’s Lacrosse team, led by Coach Virginia Weber. This year's roster was slated with four graduating seniors who were very eager to begin their farewell tour at SPFHS.

Last season, the team posted an overall record of 7-13 across all games and were 4-3 in the NJIGLL. An offensive-minded squad, the girls put up an impressive 206 goals last season despite having a –64 differential (206 GF/ 264 GA) on the year. After two quarter final losses in the county and state tournaments, the girls were ready to improve their performance this season to potentially make a deeper run, and prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with within the county and across the state.

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TAPintoSPF had the pleasure of speaking with these seniors and their coach to get their thoughts and reactions to this cancellation and plans for next year as they look ahead to what their futures might hold.

“Losing a season that you look forward to the entire school year is devastating, and I hope that the girls on the team will take this time to work and grow not only as lacrosse players, but young women in general,” said Coach Weber, who had lots to share about the missed season, the future of the program and her beloved seniors.

“It is definitely sad to have not been able to coach this group of seniors this season. They put in a lot of work, and I was looking forward to seeing what we would accomplish this season,” she said. “It has been very tough not only for the girls on the team, but also for me, as well. I understand the situation, but I just feel for our seniors and our underclassmen who lost an entire season they had been looking forward to.”

The coach said she has been honoring our seniors with posters, banners, and recognition, but it is just not the same. The girls say they miss being on the field and around their teammates.

Maggie Lapolla
Position: Attack/Midfield

Maggie, team captain, and a Div. I commit to the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, was the leading scorer on the team last season as she put up 50 goals and 68 points in just 20 games. She was on pace to make a run at some school records including surpassing the 100-career goal mark.

“We were looking for her to be a huge impact on the offensive end and not only being a major threat, but also looking forward to her eclipsing some school records and single goals in a season,” Coach Weber said of Maggie’s stellar high school career.

Looking back, Maggie took pride in being a leading scorer, but expressed some disappointment over the loss of her final season.

“With the season being canceled, it meant that I would never be able to achieve my biggest goals which was to surpass 100 career goals, become the all-time leading goal scorer/assister and to become the all-time leading points holder. Even though those goals will never be accomplished, I am so grateful that I was able to have an amazing three years playing varsity lacrosse.”

Catherine Buren
Position: Attack/Midfield

Coach Webber describes Catherine as “a strong, natural leader.”

“We were looking forward to seeing her lead this team to a great season. Catherine also would have played a major role in our offense this season, as one of our attackers who would have set up our offense and guided the underclassmen.”  

Catherine is currently set to attend the University of North Carolina next fall.

Brigit Jacobs
Position: Attack

“Another returning starter on the offensive end for us, Brigit brings a fight and aggressive attitude all over the field,” Coach Webber said.  “Brigit was another one of our impact players last year.”

Brigit, along with Maggie and Catherine were set to lead the offense this year, as the team looked to capture another state playoff berth and compete for a county championship.

Brigit plans to spend next year working on her business, “K Vintage” with her sister.

Jadie Pearl
Position: Attack

Jadie is a three-year varsity team member and played a key role in helping the team reaching the quarterfinals in the county and state tournaments last season.

“We were looking forward to seeing the improvements that Jadie would have made through the season, and also helping the underclassmen as well.” Coach Weber said.

About missing her final season due to COVID-19, Jadie said: “Losing my senior season was difficult to grasp when I first heard the news. I believe that your senior year season is the one you look forward to throughout high school; not only is it your last chance to take the field as a high school athlete, but you are a role model for the younger players.”

“It’s hard to believe that I didn't get to have my final season as a high school athlete, but I am grateful for all the memories and experience I have gained in the past three seasons and everyone I got to work with. Being part of the team was an achievement itself.”

Jadie Pearl will major in Biochemistry at Seton Hall next year and hopes to play club lacrosse throughout college.

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