Boston High School: Katie Ott

Our MIAA Girls Lacrosse All-State Team

June, 30, 2011
6/30/11
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THE STARTING ELEVEN

Sarah Biron, Sr. M, Westwood
Biron spearheaded arguably the state’s most potent attack, as the Wolverines scored 461 goals in a 25-0-1 season that resulted in their third state title in four years. Biron finishes with a decorated career, totaling 337 points – including an 88-goal, 31-assist campaign this year. The All-American will play at Johns Hopkins next year.

Blake Dietrick, Sr. M, Wellesley
The two-time All-American leaves as one of the best all-around athletes in school history. For her career under outgoing lacrosse coach Chris Molonea, she finishes with a school record 511 career points, including 79 goals and 45 assists this season as the Raiders lost in the D1 South semifinals to state champ Westwood. Dietrick was also a starter on ESPNBoston’s inaugural Girls Basketball All-State Team. She will continue her career next season at Princeton.

Katie Ott, Sr. A, Medfield
One of the state’s premier attackers, Ott finishes her career with the Warriors as one of the all-time leading scorers, with 329 points. She had 85 goals and 38 assists this season for the 17-3 Warriors, who lost in the D2 South quarterfinals. An All-American selection, Ott will play next year at Boston University.

Jamie Potter, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
One of the Patriots’ leading all-around athletes having captained three sports this year, Potter leaves behind a decorated career. Her 304 career points are most all-time in school history; this season, she registered 75 goals and 37 assists as the Patriots made the D1 North semifinals. She will play next year at Harvard.

Laura McHoul, Jr. M, Westwood
Another intregral part of the Wolverines’ multi-pronged attack, McHoul earned All-American nods after turning in a stellar junior season with an astounding 172 points (86 goals, 86 assists). In two seasons, she has 236 career points. McHoul is currently committed to the University of New Hampshire.

Kate Rich, Jr. M, Westwood
Rich was one of three Wolverines to put in 100-point seasons, registering 93 goals and 35 assists to earn All-American honors. For her career, she has 277 points. Rich is verbally committed to Boston College.

Amanda McLaughlin, Sr. M, Minnechaug
Her goal totals don’t stack up against the eye-popping numbers of her counterparts, but it would be hard-pressed to find a better set-up teammate than McLaughlin. Her 57 assists to go along with 20 goals earned her All-American nods this season. She will continue her career next season at Northwestern.

Rachel Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
The two-time All-American led a Framingham attack that struggled early in the season, but caught steam late and made a run to the D1 North quarterfinals, losing a heartbreaker in overtime to Concord-Carlisle. For her career, she registered 238 points. Igoe will join her sister Kristin at Boston College next season.

Anne Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
A member of the Golden Warriors’ D1 state champion field hockey team in the fall, Farnham and her twin sister Kate formed one of the stingiest back lines in the state. Anne registered 17 goals and 15 assists, and led the Warriors in draw controls, earning All-American honors in the process. Both Anne and Kate are verbally committed to UMass.

Madison Acton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
For her career, Acton has 239 points, including a 68-goal, 37-assist campaign this season as the Warriors advanced to the D1 Eastern Mass final before losing to state champ Westwood. Acton earned All-American distinction, and is verbally committed to Duke.

Liz Holmes, Sr. G, Longmeadow
Also a goalkeeper for the Lancers’ field hockey team that made the D1 West final, Holmes helped run a stingy defense that allowed 7.4 goals per game, aided by her 152 saves. Holmes will continue her career next year at Marist.

BEST OF THE REST

Katy Ananian, Sr. G, Belmont
Shelby Aubin, Jr. M, Needham
Abby Bunting, Sr. M, Wellesley
Jen Caro, Sr. A, Andover
Emma Dagres, Jr. A, Weston
Erika Eipp, Jr. M, Groton-Dunstable
Kate Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
Ally Fazio, Jr. A/M, Andover
Rebecca Graves, Jr. A, Bishop Fenwick
Emily King, Sr. M, Northampton
Megan Hennessey, Soph. M, Winchester
Cassandra McGill, Sr. A, Westborough
Mary O’Connell, Soph. A, Norwell
Anna Petrunich, Jr. M, Westborough
Kate Riley, Jr. M, King Philip
Jessica Roach, Sr. M, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Brooke Rudden, Sr. A, Hopkinton
Stephanie Sabatini, Sr. M, Longmeadow
Rachel Sexton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Karaline Smith, Sr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Tory Waldstein, Jr. M, Needham

Westwood outlasts Medfield down the stretch

May, 11, 2011
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MEDFIELD, Mass. -- For a while, we were looking at possibly uncharted territory. Then in a flash, it became business as usual.

With 20 minutes left in this girls lacrosse contest between the Tri-Valley League's two top stalwarts, Medfield closed juggernaut No. 1 Westwood's lead to one goal on a beautiful setup by its top attacker. Then the Wolverines flicked a switch, seemingly like they've done all season long, scoring six unanswered goals in the final 13 minutes to win going away, 13-6.

The Wolverines (13-0) are used to a high-octane style of play, having scored at least 14 or more goals in all of their wins this season. And with under four minutes to go in the first half, after dominating possession for much of the earlygoings, they showed off their scoring flair, rolling off three goals in a span of 1:12 -- two of them from junior Laura McHoul (four goals, assist) -- for a 6-2 lead.

But the Warriors (9-2) got a quick one just before the half, an Ally Slowe feed from star senior Katie Ott, and cut Westwood's lead to 6-5 when Kate Wasley took an Ott pass, curled around the back of the net to the left post and beat goalie Ann Lalley to the far side. Five minutes later, Katelyn Nochese again cut the Westwood lead to one, 7-6, taking a feed five yards in front of the net after Abby McQuillan took a ground ball 30 yards out.

"I think just primarily, we were playing scared, because it was a close game," Westwood head coach Leslie Frank said. "And we were playing basically not to attack the goal. People were shooting three to four shots and not scoring, so they were kinda getting timid. We can't ever allow that to happen. I told them we were defending well, and trapping well, so keep that up, and just kinda fix the offense."

Said junior Kate Rich, "We love playing Medfield. They bring a lot of fire, lot of intensity. So I think once we settled ourselves down and played our own game, that was what really started working for us."

Oh, it fixed itself alright. With breakout passes to their speedy frontline attackers in space, numerous free position opportunities, and a series of well-executed one-timers from behind the net, the Wolverines rattled off six goals over the last 13 minutes, starting with a free position goal from Rich (six goals, two assists) and followed up with a series of points from Rich, McHoul and Johns Hopkins commit Sarah Biron (two goals, assist).

But perhaps more importantly, it was the defense on Medfield's star attack, the Boston University-bound Ott, that made the difference. Sure, at the other end goalie Sarah Honan (12 saves) was impressive in her approach to low shots -- "We still tried going with our tried and true, going low, and it wasn't working," Frank said. But the Wolverines kept a face-guard on Ott in hopes of cutting off her lanes to the goal, and forcing her into settling for entry passes. Ott finished the evening with three assists, but no goals.

"You can't ever take one player and say she's the only one who does something, but I think you have to recognize someone like Katie Ott when we play against her," Biron said. "Our defense went in there, and we wanted to force her to a bad angle. We're going to push her out, and make her make the path instead of taking the shot."

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