2016 Charles County high school girls lacrosse pre­views

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Lackey

Head coaches: Sa­man­tha DeNardo (sec­ond sea­son) and Toni Ething­ton (sec­ond sea­son) Last year: 1-12, 1-11 (13th in SMAC)

Ath­letes to watch: M Kayla Na­gle (Fr.), D Vic­to­ria Martin (Jr.), M Ash­ley Her­bert (Fr.), M Kaya Wade (Jr.), A Kourt­nie Yates (Fr.)

Key per­son­nel losses: A Der­ricka Jack­son, D Jes­sica Ni­chols, M Kil­lian Had­sell

Strengths: The Charg­ers’ big­gest strength this sea­son will be their youth. DeNardo and Ething­ton are ex­cited to coach the girls for the sec­ond year in a row and the un­der­class­men are ready to make key con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­gram this spring. The Charg­ers coach­ing staff has high ex­pec­ta­tions for their team and ex­pects them to work hard on and off the field. With just a few re­turn­ers, the ex­pec­ta­tions for the play­ers are quite high.

Weak­nesses: While youth is a strength, it is also an area of weak­ness. With only four re­turn­ers Lackey have many girls who are learn­ing the game as they go. The Charg­ers ended up hav­ing to dress a re­turner as a goalie, so find­ing the right fit in the net is a chal­lenge that they are tak­ing head on. All in all, Lackey is young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced and have girls who are ex­cited and ea­ger to learn and that is what makes it worth­while for the coaches.

AJ MA­SON

La Plata

Head coach: Wendy Wal­ston (fourth sea­son, All-County COY)

Last year: 11-3, 10-2 (third in SMAC) Ath­letes to watch: M Rylee Ot­ten (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County AOY), A Hope Sine (Sr., All-County), D Kayla Pe­sante (Sr.), D Court­ney Mur­phy (Sr., All-County), D Taryn Ging (Jr., All-County), A Madi­son Cur­tis (Jr.), A Madi­son Cur­tis (Jr.), Han­nah Lind (So., All-County), A Mor­gan Leonard (So., All-County), M Kait­lyn Fitzsimmons (So.), D Is­abell Shoptaw (So.), A Mia Meiser (So., All-County)

Key per­son­nel losses: M Kayla Get­gen (All-County), D Tara Collins (All-County), D Olivia Shanks, D Olivia Shanks, D Jes­sica Koontz, A Libby Ex­line

Strengths: Af­ter fin­ish­ing as one of the top-tier teams in the con­fer­ence and ad­vanc­ing to the sec­tional fi­nals of the Class 3A-2A East Re­gion play­offs, fall­ing to Calvert, La Plata will be re­turn­ing eight play­ers who boast a ton of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge for the game. The War­riors bring back its lead­ing scorer Ot­ten (41 goals, 18 as­sists), who will be a huge as­set in spark­ing the team’s high-pow­ered at­tack. They will have a well bal­anced at­tack of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively and have a good chance to make noise again in SMAC and can pos­si­bly make an­other deep play­off run than last year.

Weak­nesses: The War­riors will have to work on the blend­ing of re­turn­ing play­ers and new­com­ers on the de­fen­sive end, as well as uti­liz­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence on the of­fen­sive end to in­crease our scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Play­ers will be look­ing to oth­ers to step up and fill the spots of those that grad­u­ated as well as re­turn­ing play­ers with in­juries.

AJ MA­SON

McDonough

Head coach: James Ak­ers (sec­ond sea­son)

Last year: 4-9, 4-8 (10th in SMAC) Ath­letes to watch: M/A Mor­gan Ak­ers (Jr., All-County), A/M Mad­die Ber­res (Sr., All-County), D Nikki Dickerson (Jr.), D El­iz­a­beth Kennedy (Sr., All-County), A.M Sa­vanah Pa­ton (So.)

Key per­son­nel losses: M Rachel El­more, A Mary Pat Al­bright, A Mon­ica Park, D Jayla Smi­ley

Strengths: McDonough cur­rently con­sists of play­ers who play year­round at the highest level of lacrosse in the na­tion and have play­ers who are new to the game. The more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the pro­gram are as­sist­ing with the new play­ers so that the Rams can field the most com­pet­i­tive teams in the fu­ture while at the same time work­ing on there own skill sets. Ak­ers is ex­cited at the num­ber of play­ers that they have this year as the pro­gram has taken a huge leap this year by field­ing both var­sity and ju­nior var­sity teams.

Weak­nesses: With 82 per­cent of the play­ers in the pro­gram new to the game of lacrosse, the fo­cus will be on fun­da­men­tals of the game and im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing very good habits in ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing lacrosse IQ. Also, they must learn to be a stu­dent-ath­lete and be able to han­dle the de­mands both in the class­room and on the field.

AJ MA­SON

North Point

Head coach: Paige At­tonito (third sea­son) Last year: 11-5, 9-3 (fourth in SMAC) Ath­letes to watch: A Ali Zedah (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County), M Mor­gan Knowlan (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), D Lia Wil­lis (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County)

Key per­son­nel losses: G Lau­ren Bo­damer (All-SMAC, All-County), D Tay­lor Hightower (All-SMAC, All-County)

Strengths: The Ea­gles have great lead­er­ship on the field with a group of cap­tains who serve as ex­ten­sions of At­tonito. They have a pulse on when the in­ten­sity and play needs to be brought up. The lead­er­ship of this team also has great chem­istry hav­ing played to­gether for a cou­ple of years now. The team, in general, is a hard­work­ing and pas­sion­ate group.

Weak­nesses: Over­all, the team is in­ex­pe­ri­enced and young. Sans the cap­tains, play­ers are still rel­a­tively new to the var­sity game and will have to be brought up to speed.

PRINCE J. GRIMES

St. Charles

Head coach: Mark Stan­ley (sec­ond sea­son) Last year: 2-11, 2-10 (12th in SMAC)

Ath­letes to watch: M Kait­lyn Har­ley (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), M Tam­rin Swann (Jr.), D Mariah Queen (Sr.), G Gabby Cleave­land (Jr.)

Key per­son­nel losses: St. Charles did not have a se­nior class in 2015.

Strengths: This team is a co­he­sive unit and has a to­tal team con­cept. With ev­ery starter re­turn­ing from last year, and the en­tire coach­ing staff, the Spar­tans should ben­e­fit from the type of sta­bil­ity un­com­mon in high school. This team will also have more depth and ex­pe­ri­ence, and add in a ju­nior var­sity team this year, op­ti­mism is high at St. Charles.

Weak­nesses: It’s still a pro­gram in the early stages of be­ing built up. As far as on-field weak­nesses, Stan­ley doesn’t see any, but the cul­ture of this pro­gram is still yet to be es­tab­lished in the con­fer­ence.

PRINCE J. GRIMES

Thomas Stone

Head coach: Rich Cal­la­han (eighth sea­son)

Last year: 6-9, 6-6 (tied for sev­enth in SMAC with Patux­ent)

Ath­letes to watch: G Bre­anne Sawall (Jr., All-County)

Key per­son­nel losses: D Alyssa Ste­wart (All-SMAC, All-County), D Catie Col­lier (All-SMAC, All-County), M Faith Breads (All-SMAC, All-County),

A Mackenzie Gar­ri­son (All-SMAC, All-County)

Strengths: Look for the Cougars to take on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of their mas­cot, us­ing speed, ath­leti­cism and agility to their ad­van­tage. When things are go­ing right for Stone, it’ll usu­ally be caused by the team’s over­all speed. Weak­nesses: Just four play­ers on the team played var­sity lacrosse last sea­son. The Cougars are young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced, which makes for a good outlook in the fu­ture, but the group will take its lumps this year. Ground­balls are Stone’s big­gest source of trou­ble right now.

PRINCE J. GRIMES

West­lake

Head coach: Tay­lor Flee­gle (sec­ond sea­son) Last year: 1-14, 0-12 (14th in SMAC)

Ath­letes to watch: M Kyler Wing­field (Jr.), A Tia Clark (Sr.), D Colby Bom­mer (Jr.), D Jazzmae Mun­ford (Sr.)

Key per­son­nel losses: A Ge­or­gia Ben­son (All-County), D Ash­ley Marshall (All-SMAC, All-County), G Alyssa Row­land (All-SMAC)

Strengths: This team is young and im­pres­sion­able. They’re ea­ger to learn, grow and show im­prove­ment. The en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion of the Wolver­ines should show in their games.

Weak­nesses: West­lake grad­u­ated 12 play­ers from last year’s team. With youth comes in­ex­pe­ri­ence and there will be times when that am­a­teurism is ex­posed.

PRINCE J. GRIMES

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