HARVARD -- The Bromfield School girls' lacrosse program enjoyed success under former head coach Hilary Kuss. However, Kuss announced her resignation at the conclusion of last year's Central Mass. District Playoffs loss to regional girls' lacrosse powerhouse Shrewsbury.
The Bromfield School girls' lacrosse program is now in good hands with athletic director Pam Alexander's recent decision to hire Harvard resident David Planchet.
"I am very excited," Planchet said. "I hope that we can continue that success that we have had recently, and I think the girls are up for the challenge."
This is Planchet's first job at the high school level, but that does not mean he comes without a host of experience. Planchet's resume includes six years of coaching girls' club lacrosse. The new coach agrees that the girls' game has some differences to the much more physical game of the boys, but it is slowly evolving.
"The girls game has matured over the last three-to-five years of me watching at the high-school level and college level," Planchet said. "The athletes are getting stronger and the skill level has increased. At the high-school level you would have one or two dominate players, but now you are seeing six-to-eight dominate players. The girls listen and want to play together because the game lends to more of a team philosophy."
Planchet's goal is to create a positive culture around the Lady Trojans' lacrosse program. The girls' lacrosse team has had some sporadic successes in recent years, but Planchet wants to make play-off appearances a reoccurring theme.
"I want to have the girls who are here today build a legacy," he said. "When we are having this conversation five years from now, I want people to think of Bromfield lacrosse much the same as they think of Algonquin or Shrewsbury or a Westborough."
Planchet does not have plans of stopping there. He has high hopes for his returning varsity team, which includes Central Mass. leading goal-scorer, sophomore attackman Sofia Turchetta. Planchet's daughter, Jackie, returns as a senior member.
The Lady Trojans has bounced around a lot in terms of practice due to the pesky snow that has ceased to clear from their field, but just one week into practice, Planchet knows he has a special group of players.
Depth-wise, the Lady Trojans has seen a significant increase in the number of players in the program. In 2013, Bromfield had just 18 players, but this year that number has spiked to 27.
"This year on the defensive front, we have a new goalie in Julia Hoggins and her sister, Lindsay, who came to us from Acton-Boxborough," he said. " I look for those two plus a couple of our new seniors to anchor our defense."
Planchet wants his team to play with a little more intensity on every position and bring the same level of play to the defensive end of the field.
"We are going to have a much more aggressive approach to the game," the head coach said. "Where in years past, we have watched Bromfield defensively just settle back. I have some bright stars who should mix in well with the more established veterans. It's going to be a nice season."