Boston High School: Rachel Igoe

Our MIAA Girls Lacrosse All-State Team

June, 30, 2011

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.


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

Wellesley sweeps season series with Framingham

May, 5, 2011
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Wellesley put the clamps down on host Framingham with strong draw control and a sustained offense in the final 11-plus minutes of the second half, to bring home a 10-7 win on Thursday in a Bay State Conference crossover game.

Blake Dietrick scored three goals and added an assist, and also helped the Raiders (7-1-1) hold a dominating 15-4 edge in the draw department.

"That was one of our major focuses," Dietrick said. "The last thing we said before we went out on the field was that draw control is so important."

After Framingham's Sophia Agostinelli notched the game up at 5-5 on the opening possession of the second half, the Raiders quickly stretched the lead to three, capped by an Adrienne O'Donnell goal in front off a Julia Flanigan feed from behind the net. That gave the Raiders an 8-5 lead less than eight minutes into the second half.

But Framingham (4-5), as most defending state champions do, would not go down without a run. Rachel Igoe had a goal called off due to a whistle, but Hannah Cronan made sure the possession ended with a goal at 12:52.

Kaitlyn Wilder cut the Raiders' lead to 8-7 with 11:28 left, when she ripped a shot that just tucked underneath the crossbar.

"We weren't forcing anything," said Flyers coach Stacey Freda. "They were sliding over a proactive double onto (Igoe) and we just found players inside. We didnt try to force it. If they were going to send a double-player then we would just find a player on a curl cut, it was almost taking candy from a baby when that happened."

The other factor in the run was that the Flyers were able to even out the draw game for a short period of time. Freda decided to call on Igoe the third player to take a draw against Dietrick to handle the draw duties and she had some success, gaining three of four possessions.

However, the burst of dominant play wouldn't last long as the Raiders held serve in the Flyers' end for the final 11 minutes of the game.

"They were changing who was doing the draw, which affects how you are doing the draw a little bit," said Dietrick. "I had to change up what I was doing against each specific person. The most important thing is the people on the circle working hard for every loose ball, so we did a good job on that sense."

O'Donnell netted her third off a free shot with 10:46 lef, to make it 9-7. The Raiders then closed out the scoring with just under five minutes to go, when Leah Dowd burst through midfield, scooped a ground ball and outraced two defenders to notch the final goal for the Raiders.

"No one should be surprised by that," said Raiders head coach Chris Molonea. "She has good speed and she has proven in other games that she can score."

Westwood downs Framingham by shocking margin

April, 21, 2011
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- This wasn’t your typical Westwood-Framingham girls lacrosse game.

Over the past decade, these perennial powers have tossed the title of best team in the state back and forth, with seven Division 1 titles between them (Westwood four, Framingham three).

But usually when one is on top of the other, the outcome is not as lopsided as it was Thursday, when the visiting Wolverines ran roughshod over the reeling Flyers, 15-2, avenging last year’s loss in the state semifinals to the eventual champions.

Midfielders Laura McHoul (five goals, assist), Sarah Biron (five goals) and Kate Rich (four goals, assist) paced the Wolverines offensively.

“I think it motivated us a lot,” Biron said of last year’s postseason loss to the Flyers. “Coming into this game, we all said to ourselves, ‘We remember what happened last year. Not this year. Not today.’”

Westwood (6-0) was simply better in every facet than Framingham, which has fallen to a very un-Flyer-like 2-3-1. The Wolverines held a 10-1 lead at the half and enjoyed a 10-goal, running-clock advantage over the hosts for nearly the entire second half. The hosts only had six shots on net, trying to shorten the game with a stall when they held possession.

“Westwood doesn’t let you make a mistake,” said Framingham coach Stacey Freda. “And I think maybe against other opponents you might have the ball back. We just know that you have one chance at it and if you give the ball up you’re not going to get it back.”

And Westwood took the ball early and often against the Flyers and capitalized on its chances. Biron and McHoul scored two and a half minutes apart early on and Rich added a free-position strike to make it 3-0 with 17:42 remaining in the first half. Emily McGrail (goal, three assists) popped in another a minute later and then set up Biron in transition after a long but fruitless Framingham possession to make it 5-0 with 11:12 to go.

McHoul sandwiched a pair of goals around a Rich free position to make it 8-0 with 8:06 left in the half before Framingham’s Rachel Igoe briefly halted the Wolverines’ momentum with a free-position goal with 2:53 left.

But that’s as close as the Flyers got, as McHoul buried a Jamison O’Neil pass with 2:29 left and Rich scored off a McGrail helper as time ran out in the first half with Westwood firmly in control, 10-1.

When Rich converted a quick-stick from McHoul 31 seconds into the second half, the clock kept running and the rout was on.

Sophia Agostinelli scored Framingham’s other goal, while second-half netminder Casey Curran made nine saves for the Flyers.

Overall, Westwood had 27 shots on cage.

But while her players acknowledged the revenge factor, Westwood coach Leslie Frank played it down.

“We don’t think about those things really,” she said. “It’s two brand-new teams. (Beating Framingham in the regular season but losing in the playoffs) has happened to us in the past, so I’ll mention that (to the team).”

Wellesley midfield stifles Framingham

April, 12, 2011
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Never short on speed, the Framingham girls lacrosse team usually feasts on turnovers and turns them into transition goals with its seemingly endless fleet of jet-quick midfielders.

But the aptly-named Flyers ran into a Wellesley midfield Tuesday that never allowed that to happen, as the Raiders controlled the tempo from start to finish in a 9-5 win, handing the defending Division 1 state champions a rare second straight loss after falling to Westborough last week.

Blake Dietrick (four goals, three assists), Abby Bunting, Maggie Dore and Molly McNamara suffocated the Flyers, who only managed nine shots on net and were never able to get into much of an offensive rhythm.

“Our defense starts with our attack because we set up a zone that tries to slow down and stop the midfielders from breaking through into the attacking half,” said Dietrick, whose Raiders improved to 2-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the Bay State Conference. “And so when our diamond (zone) was slowing them down, the midfielders were getting back and marking up. And when all that came together, it allowed our ‘D’ to be set when we got down to be settled sevens.”

Framingham (1-2, 1-1 BSC) did a decent job of possessing the ball and getting into its settled offense, but Wellesley’s defenders consistently checked balls loose and batted down passes to force turnovers and keep the Flyers from generating quality shots.

“Today especially we were matched up a lot (one-on-one),” said standout Framingham midfielder Rachel Igoe of Dietrick and Bunting. “Blake’s a very versatile player. They’re very aggressive. We know a lot about each other, so we kind of know what to expect and what’s going to happen.”

Despite being hounded by her MassElite teammates, Igoe (two goals, assist) and sophomore midfielder Melissa Renauld (two goals) scored to cut Wellesley’s lead to 3-2 with 5:58 remaining in the first half.

But Raiders coach Chris Molonea called a timeout to preach a more patient attack, and it worked, as Wellesley reeled off the final three goals of the half, capped by a Bunting tally off a Dietrick feed, to make it 6-2.

“Between our rushing and the fine play of the young (Framingham) goalie (freshman Aileen Kelly), it probably could have been a bigger bulge (at the half),” Molonea said.

Framingham wasn’t able to get closer than three goals in the second half despite winning four of the final five draws, as they simply turned the ball over too much to make a serious run at the Raiders.

With these perennial powers set to meet later in the season for a non-league contest and a possible third tilt if they make it through their respective sectionals, Dietrick knows the bragging rights will last only so long.

“We know that (Framingham is) going to be stronger than ever (later in the season),” said the Princeton-bound senior. “So this is a good confidence boost for our team and a good step forward... But we know we still have a long way to go and they’re going to be ready to kick our butts when we play them again. So we have to be better by that time of the season.”