AUGUSTA — Cony girls lacrosse coach Gretchen Livingston has played a key role in the growth and development of a team that four years ago became a varsity program and is already a contender in Class A.

This season under Livingston’s tutelage, Cony climbed to new heights. The Rams earned their highest finish with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern A playoffs. They also played in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship game and earned a berth in the regional semifinals, all first for the Rams.

“We have made progress every year,” Livingston said. “We’re happy with the progress, but we are hungier because we know we can do much more.”

For the Rams’ success this season, Livingston has been named the Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Livingston points to the Rams long-standing tradition of producing quality female athletes who work hard to reach their potential as a big reason for her team’s success.

“It was only our fourth year and we had a good sense of team,” Livingston said. “Cony girl athletes know what it takes to be successful.”

In the first season as a varsity team, Cony made the playoffs, earning the fifth and final playoff spot in Eastern A. This season, the Rams were atop the Eastern A Heal point standings for several weeks.

Cony hopes to take the next step and make noise in the playoffs. The Rams lost the KVAC title game, losing 11-6 to Brunswick. They also lost in the Eastern A semis, 11-9 against Cheverus.

Cony loses just four seniors to graduation.

“I am confident and happy with what we have coming back,” Livingston said.

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