HINGHAM – They started late and they’re ending late, and along the way, the spring sports teams from Notre Dame Academy – Hingham have squeezed everything out of this season that they could including two appearances in the South finals (tennis, lacrosse), a trip to the All-State Track and Field championships, a South sectional championship for the golf team, as well as a softball team that made it to the third round of the state tournament.
They say it’s the ride you’ll always remember, not the eventual destination, and there’s no doubt it’s been quite a ride for NDA this spring.
Spring’s already moved over for summer, but the NDA girls tennis team isn’t ready to stop playing quite yet. They won the Division 2 South title Saturday and play for the state championship Monday at 4 p.m. when they travel to take on undefeated Winchester High (16-0).
A 9-0 regular season got the Cougars the second seed in the Division 2 South girls tennis bracket. Norton and Norwell were quickly dispatched, both in straight sets, in the opening two rounds of the tournament. That’s when the real fun began.
First, they defeated Duxbury in the section semifinals Thursday, 3-2. That set up Saturday’s match with top-seeded and undefeated Foxborough. They would not be undefeated for long as NDA took another 3-2 win to capture the Sectional title and keep the season going for at least one more match.
Senior Alex Prudente picked up the only singles win by NDA against Duxbury, taking her match 6-1, 6-0. Also winning were the doubles teams of Bella LaGressa/Amelia Maw and Sarah Link/Megan Ravanesi.
Prudente led the way again with a win at first singles against Foxborough, which is not surprising noting the legacy Prudente will leave at NDA when she is finally through. She’s been first singles since seventh grade and has lot just one high school match since her freshman season. Prudente only lost three games so far this season. Also winning for NDA were the same doubles teams in the win over Duxbury.
NDA’s girls lacrosse team also made it to the South finals, but they were defeated by home standing Westwood High Sunday, 13-8.
Goals by Kylie Wilson and Jane Hilsabeck gave NDA a quick 2-0 lead, but Westwood was just stunned for a moment. They quickly reversed course and led 5-2 after a quarter and then 8-4 at the half. Westwood Head Coach Margot Spatola, a native of Hingham, said lacrosse is a game of runs and the Wolverines just needed a moment to have theirs.
“They got the two quick goals but that wasn’t going to rattle us so early in the game. We just had to settle down and start playing our game. One we did, things started going our way and we got back into the game,” Spatola said. “We were making some small mistakes early in the game and things turned around once we fixed those holes.”
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