St Paul’s Girls’ lacrosse players returned from the National Schools tournament last week, the highlight of the lacrosse calendar, with extraordinary results. All the school’s lacrosse teams were placed in the top ten teams in the country and made St Paul’s history in the process. The first senior team were placed top in their pool on day one, progressing through to the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by previous title holders, St Catherine’s. They finished 7th in the country. The second senior team also made history, progressing all the way to the Division 1 semi-finals on the second day, only losing by one goal scored in the dying few seconds of the match to Guildford High, the eventual winners of the tournament. The U15 team finished 3rd in their bracket with a strong fight against the eventual winners, Moreton Hall, and narrowly fell to Wycombe Abbey. The U14A finished 4th in their pool but managed to squeeze into the knock-out rounds as the ‘best 4th place’ team. Despite holding the lead the majority of the game, they were knocked out in ‘Golden-Goal’ overtime, finishing 9th overall. Following suit was the U13A team, who were placed first in pool play and proceeded through the knock-out stages to the quarter-finals, losing only to the future tournament winners, Berkhamsted, 1-3, and were placed 7th overall.