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May 15, 2013

Academy of championships

Softball, boys lacrosse teams on path to ISL titles

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The Govs scored their lone run on an error in the fifth inning. Dupere said she could feel her nerves kick up a notch over the final two innings.

“Toward the end there, I felt a lot of pressure,” Dupere said. “I knew my team was behind me working hard. This year, I think it’s the best team we’ve had of the last three years. If there’s any year to do it, it’s now.”

Dupere has yet to narrow her college search, but she plans to play softball at the next level. She will pitch for the Polar Crush out of Arlington this summer before deciding where she will take her game at the college level.

As for the boys lacrosse team, the Govs (12-1) bounced back from their lone loss of the season — a 7-6 overtime loss to St. Sebastian’s Academy Saturday. The loss dropped the Govs into a tie with Belmont Hill for first place in the ISL.

“We learned from our game on Saturday,” Governor’s Academy coach Peter Bidstrup said. “We coasted a bit, and St. Sebastian’s played a great game. We learned some things about ourselves, and we played a pretty important game (yesterday). We were hopeful, but we knew we were facing an excellent team.”

The Govs’ scoring is down over the last two games, with the team scoring 12 combined goals over the last eight quarters. In the first 11 games of the season, the Govs never scored fewer than 12 goals in a single game and averaged 14.8 goals per game.

“We’re really athletic in the midfield,” Bidstrup said. “We have a group of guys that can play hard, tough defense. They did it (yesterday) against a team of good dodgers. I would have liked to have seen a few more goals on the offensive end. But at the end of the season, it can get into defensive games against good teams.”

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