New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 25
Emma Trenchard and Lia LaPrise have grown up
together at Loomis-Chaffee, and achieved
plenty of success along the way
By Mike Zhe
his past winter, senior
played a big role on a
basketball team that went 18-6,
winning the Founders League and
reaching the quarterfinals of the
New England Class A tournament.
Lia LaPrise, a junior, took a
different route. She opted to play
squash, and ended up winning
her division at New Englands.
The season was significant in
that it was one of the few times
over the years that the longtime
friends weren't working toward
the same athletic goal - ones
they often achieved.
"Lia and I have basically been
friends since preschool," Trenchard
said. "We played on all the same
teams growing up together."
Of course, it's lacrosse that
the two midfielders will continue to play in college, Trenchard
at North Carolina next year and
LaPrise at UConn in two. They
are two of the main reasons the
Pelicans enter their new season
riding a 17-game win streak.
"Both of them are just unbelievable all-around athletes," co-coach
Megan Murphy-Borman said.
Both of them also know the
school intimately, having grown
up on campus. Trenchard's father
is the associate headmaster and
both of their mothers teach math.
"Growing up on campus was
a real cool experience," LaPrise
said. "Being able to play rec
sports, too. I've been lucky to play
with Emma my whole career."
In the fall, the two teamed up
to lead the Pelicans to a 17-1-2
season and Class A soccer title.
In three tournament games, including the 3-1 win over Worces-
Lia LaPrise (above left) and Emma
Trenchard (above right) celebrate
during Loomis-Chaffee's soccer
season, which culminated with the
Class A title last fall. Both will play
lacrosse in college - Trenchard
(left) at North Carolina next fall and
LaPrise (right) at UConn in 2018.
ter Academy in the final, LaPrise
scored four of her team's nine
goals; Trenchard had a goal and
an assist in the title game.
That followed a spring lacrosse season that saw their team
go 17-0. This time around, with
the top five attackers graduated,
there will be a different look -
and different responsibilities.
"I think we'll be OK on the
defensive end," Murphy-Borman
said. "(Offense) is going to be
our biggest struggle. We didn't
have many issues scoring goals
Trenchard, who shares captain duties with senior defenders
Izzy Lent and Grace Usilton, has
never been a top scorer, but she
has produced big goals. MurphyBorman recalled the game-winner she scored against Greenwich Academy as a sophomore
and the one she set up against
that same rival a year later.
"She can be relied on in big
situations," she said.
Trenchard, honored as an AllAmerican by US Lacrosse, along
with graduated teammate Elsa
Hermanson, began receiving
recruiting interest the summer
after her freshman year. She narrowed it down to North Carolina
and Boston College, loved her
visit to Chapel Hill and decided
to head south.
"It's really exciting because
I know the coaches put a lot
of trust in the freshmen," she
said. "They give everyone a fair
chance of playing."
LaPrise was on UConn's radar
by the summer after her freshman year, and the school stayed
at the top of her list through the
process. She was offered by the
school during her sophomore
year and took it.
"I knew I wanted to stay close
to home, so UConn was a perfect
fit," she said. "There were other
schools along the way; I knew
UConn was a great choice for me."
This spring, she understands
she'll be asked to contribute
more on the offensive end.
"Lia is a little more defensive;
I don't think she sees herself as
a big goal-scorer," Murphy-Borman said. "This year, her responsibilities will be greater because
she'll need to get into goal-scoring mentality."
Whatever their roles, this
will be their last sports season
together at the school where
they've grown up, often playing for teams coached by
"Both my parents played lacrosse in college," Trenchard
said. "That's their favorite sport.
But they encouraged me to
play multiple sports, knowing it
would help me as an athlete."
"For me, it was completely
the opposite," LaPrise said. "As a
child, I loved soccer. I dreamed
about playing pro forever."
With seven starters graduated, the Pelicans have a new look
this spring. But Murphy-Borman
said she's encouraged by the
freshmen, two of whom - attack
Jenna Donahue and defender
Christina Stone - should make
And help Trenchard and LaPrise take one more shot at glory.
"They're not flashy players,"
Murphy-Borman said. "In college next year, Emma is not
going to be the leading scorer.
But she's the kid who will get it
done in the middle of the field.
They're both great."
'Growing up on campus was a real cool experience. Being able to play rec
sports, too. I've been lucky to play with Emma my whole career.'
- Lia LaPrise on her experience and friendship with Loomis-Chaffee teammate Emma Trenchard
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