Alexis Estime ’23, who only picked up a goalie stick as a sophomore, looked like a veteran between the pipes in the varsity girls lacrosse team's season opener against visiting Sacred Heart Greenwich on Tuesday, April 5 at Greene Family Field.
Estime was a major bright stop in a hard-fought 14-2 setback, recording an eye-popping 20 saves for a stellar 60-percent save percentage.
"I originally started as an on-field player during the first two weeks of my sophomore season," she said. "This quickly changed when the position of goalie needed to be filled, and I unconsciously raised my hand and volunteered myself for the position."
Estime quickly adapted to life in the crease, closely studying the nuances of throwing, catching, clearing and positioning.
It has turned out to be a match made in lacrosse heaven.
"I love everything about my position," Estime said.
Coach Alexis Di Domenico has been impressed with her goalie's quick progress.
"Alexis has been working really hard during practices and over spring break," Di Domenico said. "She has been given a lot of instruction over the past month and has done an amazing job of applying it to her game. We knew she would stand out, but it’s always hard to predict anyone’s performance in a season opener when nerves are a real factor. She played beyond our expectations!"
Estime was fearless against Sacred Heart, combining quick reflexes and an unwavering determination to routinely deny a potent attack.
"(Estime's) strengths lie in her tenacity, her ability to adjust when needed and how vocal she is," Di Domenico said.
Molly Brooks ’25 and Anna Ruiz ’25 paced the Panthers' offense with one goal apiece.
Masters — which is slated to host Hopkins School in its next game on Saturday, April 9 at Greene Family Field — will aim to keep improving as the season progresses.
"Our goal as a team this year is to learn and get comfortable with the game of lacrosse," Di Domenico said. "We tell the players that they should leave every practice and game learning something new. If we accomplish that, we will undoubtedly get better every single day."