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April 5, 2013

Staying in her Lane

New Georgetown lacrosse coach has team off to promising start

At 25, first-year Georgetown girls lacrosse coach Bridget Lane has found a nice little niche for herself.

“I work in Haverhill, I live in Newburyport,” said Lane. “So Georgetown was the perfect fit.”

Things have indeed worked well so far for Lane, who took over the Royals from Heather Hartford and has already led the team to a 2-0 record on the young season with wins against Triton and Lynnfield. She has played the game most of her life and has a unique view of it.

“I think that lacrosse is a pretty sport,” said Lane. “It takes a lot of finesse as well as athleticism. And it’s usually a combination of those two factors to be successful in lacrosse.”

Lane was raised in the hotbed of Fairfield County Connecticut’s lacrosse community, and the game caught her eye right from the start. She made a connection to the North Shore of Massachusetts with a family summer home in Salisbury and two of her uncles coached football in the Lawrence area as well.

“Watching them when I was little, I realized that coaching is cool,” said Lane.

She played for Fairfield University and would go on to a career in teaching, starting in special education at Masconomet where she was also the junior varsity girls lacrosse coach, then moved on to become the assistant coach at Andover high under John McVeigh, who she credits for a lot of her coaching knowledge.

“He is, by far, one of the best girls lacrosse coaches in the state of Massachusetts,” Spillane said of McVeigh. “He really put Andover on the map. And after spending a year with him, I finally felt like I was ready to be a head coach. He is such a great mentor, and he really wanted me to go on to be a great coach.”

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