by Tom Utescher
The Germantown Friends School lacrosse community started the new season on a 100-goal watch for Annie Tyson, and the junior didn’t keep the Tiger faithful waiting long. In the season opener on March 14, Tyson scored four times in the first half to drive her career total into triple digits, and she finished the game with six goals and two assists in a 19-10 victory over Baldwin School.
GFS also benefitted from hat tricks by Greta Meyer, Ava Schwemler, and Sophie Smith, while Schuyler Nissen and Claire Schmidt added two goals apiece.
At the end of the 2012 season, the Tigers lost their all-time leading scorer in Iris Williamson. Departing with 246 goals in the record book, Williamson became the University of Pennsylvania’s second-leading goalscorer during her collegiate rookie season in 2013. Back at GFS, Tyson stepped up to lead the offense last spring with 57 goals.
In her 2014 debut her hundredth career goal, scored just before halftime, helped set GFS up with a 13-5 advantage at the intermission.
Her senior teammate, Nissen, made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Cincinnati as a junior, and signed with the Bearcats this year. Another upperclassman, defender Caroline Mryan, will play for Smith College.
For the past few seasons, the Tigers had Lauren Shinn and Dana Schulman split time in the goalcage, and although Shinn has graduated, GFS has Schulman back as an experienced senior stopper.
Farther up the field, the Tigers have a pair of juniors who have made verbal college commitments this year. Meyer, a midfielder, has chosen Stanford University, and Schwemler, an attacker out of Norwood Fontbonne Academy, is setting her sights on the University of Vermont.
One thing all of the Tigers would like to accomplish before they move on to college is to capture the Friends Schools League championship. Despite some regular-season wins over rival Friends Central, GFS has lost to the Phoenix in each of the last four FSL tournament finals.
However, Germantown will have to wait another week or so before really getting into gear. With a number of players away on a school choir tour during spring break, the team will not be able to take a training trip down south this year, but will work out at home with the athletes who are remaining in town.
Aside from the win over Baldwin, the Tigers have looked good in early scrimmages when they’ve all been together, and they appear poised to make a strong run for the FSL title this spring.