The varsity girls lax team traveled to Princeton for the second time this week, and had a good evenly matched game. On the defensive side, Chloe Rayer '20 played a fantastic game with five interceptions, and lots of ground balls.
Blair’s girls’ lacrosse team is focused on bettering each player as an athlete and as a teammate while working together to build the program and compete for Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) titles. Head coach Sarah O'Neil’s daily goal is to balance a focus on individual skills with practices geared toward team play. Every player works toward strong fundamentals—stick skills, game sense, speed and agility—which helps build self-confidence and teaches the value of hard work. Individual strengths are woven together during practice, creating a team that is greater than the sum of its parts. The team’s success relies on a positive team dynamic, strong communication and devotion to hard work.
Blair lacrosse has been improving continually over the past decade. Over the last 15 years, many of our athletes have gone on to play lacrosse at schools such as Columbia University, Cornell University, Colgate University, William Smith College, Bates College and Bowdoin College.
If you have any questions, please contact Coach O'Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 845-430-9130.
Meet Coach O'Neil
Head coach Sarah O’Neil is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. She played field hockey and lacrosse during her undergraduate years at Wesleyan. Coach O'Neil was appointed varsity head coach of the Blair girls' lacrosse program in 2018.
Ms. O’Neil’s coaching philosophy is straightforward: Self-discipline, hard work and hustle set the foundation for a player’s individual success and, in turn, for the team’s success. Her goal is to help each player reach her fullest potential through personal attention, constant communication and intense motivation. She strives to create a team of confident individuals who believe in themselves, trust each other and play for each other; ultimately, this is a team that will excel and persevere.
Coach O’Neil invites prospective players who aspire to be part of Blair’s great girls' lacrosse tradition to contact her via email or cell phone at (845) 430-9130 with any questions they may have about the program.
About Coach Standfast
Math department chair Caren Standfast ’95 came to the School in 2018 from Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, where she was a math and computer science teacher for five years. During her tenure at Culver, she developed a successful leadership model to use in classrooms, served on a variety of faculty committees and was recognized for her contributions to the school with several awards. Caren earned her bachelor of science in oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy (2000) and was a member of Navy’s women’s lacrosse team. She served as an adjutant in the U.S. Marine Corps and subsequently earned her MA Ed at the University of Phoenix (2008) and taught math and physics at St. Paul’s School in Covington, Louisiana. In addition to her math department duties at Blair, Caren serves as housemaster of Mason Hall and coaches field hockey and lacrosse. She and her husband, Geoff, have five children: Annie, Jack, Brady, Geoff and Tommy.
Meet Coach Solms
Alexandrea (Allie) Solms joined Blair’s faculty in 2018, following her graduation from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She played varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Bates for two and four years, respectively, and she coaches girls’ lacrosse at Blair. Allie is a graduate of the Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
In our first home game of the season, JV Gems took the win against Hill.
On a hot Saturday and missing a few girls, JV Gems took on a tough Hun squad.
Princeton Day School
Hun - States
States @ Lawrenceville
Gill St. Bernard's
|4/1||Hun||Away||2:00 pm||5-14 L|
|4/5||Princeton Day School||Home||4:00 pm||8-19 L|
|4/8||Mercersburg||Home||5:30 pm||19-7 W|
|4/11||Warren Hills||Away||4:15 pm||16-8 W|
|4/13||Pennington||Home||4:15 pm||12-9 W|
|4/19||Peddie||Home||4:30 pm||5-13 L|
|4/22||Lawrenceville||Home||2:30 pm||9-18 L|
|4/26||Hill||Away||4:00 pm||7-10 L|
|4/28||Sparta||Away||4:30 pm||9-20 L|
|5/2||Peddie (state quarters)||Away||4:30 pm||13-12 W (OT)|
|5/5||Jefferson High School||Away||6:30 pm||14-10 W|
|5/8||Oak Knoll (state semis)||Away||4:30 pm||8-20 L|
|5/10||Phillipsburg||Home||4:00 pm||14-10 W|
|5/13||Gill St. Bernard's||Away||1:30 pm|
|5/17||Moravian Academy||Home||4:00 pm||17-7 W|
|5/20||Kittatinny Regional H.S.||Home||1:30 pm||14-8 W|
|3/24||Pope John (scrimmage)||Home||4:00 pm|
|3/26||Sparta (scrimmage)||Home||12:30 pm|
|3/30||Phillipsburg||Away||4:00 pm||8-14 L|
|4/5||Vernon||Away||4:15 pm||8-9 L|
|4/7||Jefferson||Home||4:15 pm||12-14 L|
|4/10||Mercersburg||Away||1:00 pm||13-8 W|
|4/13||Pennington||Away||4:00 pm||13-17 L|
|4/16||Peddie||Away||2:30 pm||10-17 L|
|4/20||Princeton Day School||Away||4:15 pm||11-19 L|
|4/23||Lawrenceville||Away||2:30 pm||5-18 L|
|4/27||Hill||Home||3:30 pm||9-16 L|
|4/30||Warren Hills||Home||1:30 pm||13-15 L|
|5/2||Lawrenceville (state quarters)||Away||4:30 pm||3-19 L|
|5/4||North Warren||Home||4:00 pm||15-1 W|
|5/7||Hun||Home||4:00 pm||10-14 L|
|5/9||Gill St. Bernard's||Home||4:15 pm||18-15 W|
|5/14||Trinity Hall||Home||1:00 pm||14-5 W|
|5/16||Moravian Academy||Away||4:00 pm||17-18 L|
|5/18||North Brunswick||Home||4:00 pm||Canceled|
|5/20||Kittatinny||Home||6:00 pm||14-7 W|
|4/1||Hun||Away||3:45 pm||10-9 W|
|4/4||Kittatinny||Away||1:30 pm||15-9 W|
|4/11||Mercersburg||Home||1:00 pm||9-8 W|
|4/15||Pennington||Home||4:15 pm||15-12 W|
|4/18||Lawrenceville||Home||2:30 pm||10-19 L|
|4/22||Princeton Day School||Home||4:00 pm||14-11 W|
|4/25||Vernon Home||2:00 pm||13-9 W|
|4/27||Hun (state quarters)||Home||4:30 pm||9-10 L|
|4/29||Hill||Away||4:00 pm||11-15 L|
|5/2||Lenape Valley||Home||2:30 pm||16-6 W|
|5/5||North Warren||Away||4:15 pm||12-0 W|
|5/8||Rutgers Prep||Away||4:30 pm|
|5/13||Peddie||5:30 pm||10-9 W|
|5/16||Warren Hills||Away||1:30 pm||11-17 L|
Blair's girls' lacrosse team has steadily improved over the past decade. In the last 15 years, many of our athletes have gone on to play lacrosse at schools such as Columbia University, Cornell University, Colgate University, William Smith College, Bates College and Bowdoin College.
A team is successful when each member of the group is willing to see beyond the boundaries of possibility and aim further. It is a phenomenon that occurs when individuals accomplish something they thought was beyond their capabilities. This sort of achievement is attained through hard work, commitment, belief in self and belief in others.
Meet Coach Fralick
Kelsie Fralick came to Blair in 2017 from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, where she taught Latin and coached JV field hockey and JV girls’ ice hockey for two years. She completed her undergraduate degree in classical languages and anthropology at Connecticut College in 2015 and earned her Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania through the Penn Residency Masters in Teaching Program in 2017. A former professional ice hockey player in the National Women’s Hockey League, Kelsie skated for the championship-winning Boston Pride during the 2015-2016 season. She teaches Latin 1, 3 and 5 at Blair and serves as JV field hockey assistant coach and JV girls’ lacrosse head coach. Kelsie lives and serves dorm duty in Insley Hall.
Meet Coach Durkee
The Rev. Lisa J. Durkee was appointed Blair’s chaplain and chair of the religion and philosophy department in 2017. Ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ in 2007, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and religion from Wellesley College (1987), a master’s in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (1996) and a master’s in divinity from Andover Newton Theological School (2007). Lisa is an experienced independent school educator, having taught and coached for 15 years at schools in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Following her ordination, she served as pastor of the First Congregational Church of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, from 2007 to 2016, and pastor of the Congregational Church of Weston, Massachusetts, from 2016 to 2017. Lisa’s duties at Blair include developing and teaching religion and philosophy courses, facilitating weekly Vespers and Chapel, and coaching girls’ JV lacrosse. The mother of two daughters (Keira and Emma ’20) is a writer and musician who has performed as part of a band and as a guitar and vocal soloist. In coming to Blair, Lisa returns to her New Jersey roots; she resides in the apartment above the J. Brooks Hoffman ’36 Health Center and serves dorm duty in Mason Hall
|4/1||Hun||Away||3:30 pm||3-9 L|
|4/5||Princeton Day School||Home||4:00 pm|
|4/10||Warren Hills||Away||4:15 pm|
|4/13||Pennington||Home||5:30 pm||4-6 L|
|4/19||Peddie||Home||4:30 pm||9-1 W|
|4/22||Lawrenceville||Home||2:30 pm||3-9 L|
|4/26||Hill||Away||4:00 pm||3-6 L|
|5/5||Jefferson High School||Away||4:30 pm|
|5/17||Moravian Academy||Home||5:30 pm||6-6 T|
|5/20||Kittatinny Regional H.S.||Home||3:00 pm|
|4/5||Vernon||Away||5:30 pm||2-8 L|
|4/13||Pennington||Away||5:30 pm||7-7 T|
|4/16||Peddie||Away||4:00 pm||9-13 L|
|4/20||Princeton Day School||Away||5:30 pm||5-12 L|
|4/23||Lawrenceville||Away||2:30 pm||4-14 L|
|4/30||Warren Hills||Home||1:30 pm||PPD|
|5/4||North Warren||Home||5:30 pm||4-8 L|
|5/11||Warren Hills||Home||4:00 pm||2-11 L|
|5/16||Moravian||Away||5:30 pm||2-4 L|
|5/18||North Brunswick||Home||4:00 pm||Canceled|
|5/20||Kittatinny||Home||4:30 pm||7-4 W|
|4/15||Pennington||Home||5:30 pm||6-3 W|
|4/18||Lawrenceville (freshmen)||Home||4:00 pm||8-7 W|
|4/25||Vernon||Home||3:30 pm||3-14 L|
|5/2||Lenape Valley||Home||4:00 pm||Canceled|
|5/5||North Warren||Away||5:30 pm||7-6 W|
|5/13||Peddie||Home||4:15 pm||9-10 L|
|5/14||Warren Hills||Away||4:00 pm||2-10 L|