FORT WASHINGTON -- Spring sports are underway at Germantown Academy, and no one is off to a hotter start than the girls lacrosse team. With three regular-season games already under their belts, the Patriots have had more regular-season competitions this season this any other GA team. However, they have navigated that schedule to an undefeated start, something that first-year Head Coach Diana Shumar credits to the student-athletes.
"Biggest factor in our success so far is that the girls have really come together as a team, trusting and believing in each other and holding each other accountable," Shumar said. "They know the level of talent they have as a group and they take pride in that."
GA started the season with a home contest against Mount St. Joseph Academy on March 16 and wasted little time taking control. After leading 10-4 at halftime, the Patriots went on the win, 17-8. The very next day the team hosted Gwynedd Mercy Academy and took that match, 18-5, as Mia Raven '23 tallied five goals and three assists, Sydney Wanner '25 had four goals, and Emma Goodwin '24 and Lucia Smigiel '24 had three goals each. Defensively, Sage Battisto '23 had three caused turnovers and goalkeeper Sadie Hess '25 had seven saves.
In their most recent game on March 20 -- a road matchup against Pennsbury East High School -- the Patriots won, 12-9. Despite not being sure what to expect going into her first season at the helm, Shumar said that the team has already hit some of their goals.
"My main goal was to improve the team culture and get the girls having fun on the field together and we have definitely reached that," Shumar said. "Moving forward, I expect that we will continue growing and improving as individuals and as a team, and that we'll use that to be competitive in the Inter-Ac."
The Patriots will be spending Spring Break in Orlando on a training trip, but will return to action with league opponent Agnes Irwin School in their next contest, scheduled for April 11 at home.