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April 5, 2013

Staying in her Lane

New Georgetown lacrosse coach has team off to promising start

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Lane also credits McVeigh with preparing her for when the Georgetown job became available again this season.

“A year ago, I had thought about applying but didn’t feel that I was ready,” Lane said. “But after that year in Andover, McVeigh encouraged me to seek out a program that would be closer to home and Georgetown popped up. I knew that they had a good foundation there. So it wouldn’t be as if I had to come in there and reinvent the wheel.”

Lane also enjoys the town itself and says her instincts have been rewarded by the welcome she has received from the players and fans.

“All the parents have introduced themselves,” said Lane. “So I know all the parents. I might not immediately recognize them, I don’t know all the names yet, but it’s nice and I’ve had no issues.”

Lane’s seniors include Madeline Cannon, Chelsea Burke, Marisa Agganis, Kathryn Gibb and Courtney Mangino.

“I have a great senior class,” Lane said. “I have a phenomenal group of seniors who are dedicated to the sport and dedicated to making sure the program is successful. And I think that is what sets those seniors apart. They facilitated opportunities for me to get to know all the kids. They’re just great kids and that really helps me as a coach. We have kids who are more concerned about the success of the program than the chances that they get. They try to make everyone look good out there, and they are not concerned with being selfish. Which is always nice to coach.”

Currently teaching eighth grade English at the Nettle middle school in Haverhill, Lane says she is just learning to juggle her two worlds, but so far, so good.

“It’s tough because I do teach in Haverhill,” said Lane. “I have to start practice a little bit later. Away games are a nightmare, I’m all over the place. But the athletic director, Chris DiFranco, has been super accommodating and the kids in general, if I’m running late they’re already starting warming up.”

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