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Hopkinton High girls’ lacrosse following lead of coach

Tess Chandler (left) and Taylor Sokol, midfielders for the Hopkinton High girls’ lacrosse team, have helped their team start the season with a 6-2 record. Chandler has 19 goals and dished out 13 assists. Sokol has 19 goals and three assists.
Taylor Sokol, midfielder for the Hopkinton High girls’ lacrosse team, has helped the team start the season with a 6-2 record. Sokol has 19 goals and three assists.Photos by Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Earlier in her coaching career, Jodi Dolan, admittedly, would not have known what to do when word of the Boston Marathon bombing reached the practice field behind Hopkinton High on that tragic Monday afternoon.

She probably would have just yelled a little bit louder, demanded her players focus a little bit harder. “I’ve learned the hard way over the years,” said Dolan, the varsity girls’ coach at Hopkinton since the program’s inception in 2001. “When you got the extra mile for your players, they will for you too—on the field.”

Each one of her team captains this season can recall a “Jodi Moment,” an instance on the field that might have been difficult to go through, but only made them better afterward.

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