After their best season to date, team aims higher this spring


MOTHER NATURE won't deter the MHS Lady Raider lacrosse from getting a jump on preseason. The team has a home opener on April 6.  (Doug Baraw photo)

MOTHER NATURE won’t deter the MHS Lady Raider lacrosse from getting a jump on preseason. The team has a home opener on April 6.  (Doug Baraw photo)


MELROSE—After their best season in the history, the Melrose High School Lady Raider lacrosse team looks to come out swinging as they open their spring 2015 campaign next week.

Melrose is slated to open their season on the road on April 2 at Winchester but will arrive to play a home opener at Fred Green Field in Melrose on Monday, April 6. Whether or not there are mounds of snow on the perimeters of the turf doesn’t matter to coach Cate Arkins and her Lady Raiders, who compiled a 9-5-3 record in 2014 and earned their first ever playoff spot for Melrose last spring.

Leading the team as captains this season are senior Anna Steele, junior Katey Baraw and junior Haley Rodriguez.

Longtime coach Cate Arkins only likes what she sees in the preseason. “We’re lookingn to build on last year’s success,” she says. “This year we are focusing on transition and sort of piecing together our defense. We lost our goalie and Maddie Sullivan who was so tough with defense. But what I see so far on the field is speed and athleticism.”

One of those athletes is junior Haley Mate. “Haley will figure prominently,” says Arkins, who will rely on the midfielder to help with that transition, among other things. Arkins also points to the talent of Lenora Ivers. “She’ll have a big role this season.”

At the net this year is Sarah Foote, who will be counted on to fend off some of the league’s best shooters.

On offense, Melrose returns with most of their top attackers including senior captain Anna Steele and junior captain Haley Rodriguez. Fans should also look out of for contributions for Cat Torpey, Kayla Mattucci and Annie MacFarland. “We are pretty set on offense. I expect us to have balanced scoring, we won’t be counting on just one player,” says the coach.

With a roster that looks like a rather seamless transition, might this be the year Melrose makes a crack at the league title?

“We’re shooting for it,” says Arkins. “One of the strengths of this team is that they are a close-knit group, they’re team-orientated and they really know their roles. We’re looking forward to starting.”

2015 Season Schedule

Thu 4/02 3:45pm  @  Winchester

Sat 4/04 3:00pm   vs  Malden – Mayor’s Cup (Pine Banks)

Mon 4/06 4:00pm  @  Lynnfield

Wed 4/08 3:45pm  vs  Belmont

Fri 4/10 3:45pm    vs  Arlington

Sat 4/11 12:00am @  Malden – Mayor’s Cup (Pine Banks)

Fri 4/17 4:00pm    @  Wilmington

Fri 4/24 6:00pm    vs  Arlington Catholic

Wed 4/29 3:45pm @  Lexington

Fri 5/01 4:00pm    @  Reading

Mon 5/04 3:45pm @  Tewksbury

Wed 5/06 3:45pm  vs  Woburn

Thu 5/07 4:00pm   @  Stoneham

Mon 5/11 4:00pm  @  Burlington

Wed 5/13 7:00pm vs  Wakefield

Fri 5/15 4:00pm    vs  Watertown

Mon 5/18 3:45pm vs Triton Regional