The preseason was tough for Division girls lacrosse, and not just because the Blue Dragons are trying to replace the production of center Jenna Davis, the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Eight players, including three of the team’s five returning starters, were making a run to the state Final Four with the Division girls basketball team. Division had to reschedule its first two games of the year and used JV players in scrimmages.

The multi-sport athletes returned to practice last week and the Dragons have seen immediate improvement. Division took down Clarke 15-1 this morning in a rain-soaked season-opener.

Basketball players Julie Ballantyne (two goals, three assists), Christina Rea (two goals, two assists) and Molly Bauer (one assist) had their hands in the scoring today.

“As soon as they showed up it was a tottaly different team,” Division coach Sean Donnellan said. “They bring so much confidence from their other two sports seasons.”

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In addition to the team’s ride to the state basketball tournament, much of the team was on Division’s county semifinalist soccer team.

The Dragons return only five starters and move down to Conference II, but they again should be a tough Class B team. Young players have already stepped up. The leading scorers in today’s game were sophomore Courtney Boneillo (five goals) and freshman Alyssa Fiore (three goals, one assist), both who were making their varsity debut.