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The Lacrosse Nationals made a return after a two-year absence, due to Covid. Our teams were excited to get back on the pitch and play against lots of different schools.

The 1st Team started off slowly, losing their first two games, however, a draw against one of the tournament favourites gave them the boost they needed to win their remaining matches. Unfortunately, due to the two losses in the morning, the team were placed in Division 1. We knew the competition would be hard with a lot of strong teams in the division. In pool play we had two close games against Sherborne and Caterham and a good win against Haberdashers' Monmouth, which led us into the last 16 knockout against Habs Elstree, a team we had beaten the day before. St Mary's took the lead, but Habs fought back in a tense game to win 3-2. Mr Abini would like to praise the hard work shown by all, highlighting the UVI who were playing their last National Schools and especially Phine for her amazing saves over the two days.

The 2nds had a tough first game of the tournament against the overall winner of the section, but this was the only loss they faced within the pool on Saturday. The team played hard in the rest of their matches which led to them being placed 2nd in the pool at the end of the day, and therefore into the top division of the 2nd Team tournament. In their division games on the Sunday, they played hard against two of the top lacrosse schools in the country - LEH and Berkhamsted. The team did really well to have competitive games against both teams and make them up their play. The 2nds got to the final 16 and played hard against Habs Elstree which resulted in a 3-3 draw, but unfortunately, with the opposition scoring the first goal of the game, they went through to the final 8. The 2nds finished in 11th overall, which is a fantastic achievement; well done to all for your hard work and fantastic attitude all weekend. You should all be proud of your achievements and play.

The Senior 3rd Team started their Nationals competition against Guildford High School with the ball going between both teams' attack trying to break the opposition's defence. St Mary's scored first but GHS replied quickly. The game was close, with lots of great play from St Mary's, unfortunately GHS scored the last goal before the final whistle. The next two games against Downe House and St Catherine’s saw the team battle hard in very close games, losing by 1 goal in both games. St Swithun’s proved a test for the team and they managed to score a number of quick goals. St Mary's picked themselves up for the last game knowing that a win and other results could put them through to knockouts; they fought hard for every ball in a tense game. The score remained level until the last couple of minutes, before CLC had a fast break opportunity which they scored from. Although the results did not go the team's way, they showed lots of enthusiasm and hard work in all games, with all but one finishing with just one goal's difference.