2019 Gwinnett Daily Post Girls Lacrosse Team Previews

Scenes from the Mill Creek against Lassiter girls lacrosse playoff Tuesday at Mill Creek. Photo: Dale Zanine

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA-AAAAAAA

Archer

Coach: Leslie Stuart

2018 record: 9-8

Returning starters: Mikaela Carlsen, Sr.; Emily Flynt, Jr.; Braeley Hipp, Jr.; Carmen Corley, Jr.; Amber Taylor, Jr.; Brenda Fuentes, Jr.; Sarah Spivey, Jr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: Amber Washkill, Fr.; Hailey Williams, Fr.

Outlook: Archer was a back-to-back region champion last year but met quarterfinalist Pope in the first round. The Tigers lost a handful of key contributors to graduation, but head coach Leslie Stuart is confident in the strong junior class’ ability to lead the team this year. That could pay dividends next year as the girls develop.

Brookwood

Coach: Scott Tomlinson

2018 record: 13-5-1

Returning starters: D Emily Cole, So.; A Jordan Fite, Jr.; M Danielle LaPlume, Jr.; M Ellie Rey, Jr.; D Lindley Ward, Sr.; D Christina Robinson, Sr.; A Haeun Jin, Sr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: M Ella Fornek, Fr.; G Aja Thomas, Fr.; M Camille Jennings, Jr.; M Madison Jennings, Jr.; D Tristan Landers, Jr.; M Nia Richardson, Fr.; A Abby Weed, Fr.

Outlook: Brookwood is coming off the high of the program’s first-ever playoff win. Brookwood has a rigorous schedule this season in which it will try to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Broncos start the season with a pair of local teams in North Gwinnett and Dacula. Scott Tomlinson steps in for former head coach Lauren Ollinger. The former head coach is confident in the versatility and talent of Brookwood’s new contributors.

Collins Hill

Coach: Kimberlee Mankin

2018 record: 6-10

Returning starters: A/M Emmy Perras, Jr.; M Tori Adcox, Sr.; D Sky Carbajal, Sr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: M Natalie Arrue, Jr.; M/D Alyssa Mejia, Jr.; D Halie Henry, Jr.

Outlook: Collins Hill was a playoff team in 2016, but area realignment didn’t favor the Eagles. North Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Northview and Johns Creek have laid claim to the Area 6’s playoff spots over the past two years. Collins Hill shares a region with one of those teams now, Mill Creek. The Eagles lost dynamic all-state midfielder Nina Heyn, but a senior in each the attack, midfield and defense positions of the field.

Dacula

Coach: Quincey Hudson

2018 record: 4-14

Returning starters: M Mya Isler, Sr.; D Ndidi Okeke, Sr.; A Emily Aquino, Sr.; D Brittanni Bostick, Sr.; A DeZhana Clemons, Sr.; G Lillian Vore, Sr.; A Keyla Pleytez, Sr.; G Nicole Speddon, Sr.; D Megan Sikes, Sr.; M Cassidy Irizarry, Sr.; M/A Justice Lynch, Sr.; A/M Kauther Cherri, Sr.; A/M Jena Little, Sr.; A/M Kendall Bollmer, Sr.; A Alexis Silva, So.

Newcomers/other key contributors: N/A

Outlook: Dacula returns a massive senior class in its second year as a varsity lacrosse program. Most of that senior class has been with the team since it played on the junior varsity circuit. Coach Quincey Hudson said he is looking forward to Dacula to hit its breakout season.

Duluth

Coach: Jeremy Mitchell

2018 record: 7-11

Returning starters: M Kinsley Purser, Jr.; D Katie Thackston, Sr.; A/M Lois Mensah, Jr.; A Valerie Nguyen, Jr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: N/A

Outlook: The Duluth girls lacrosse team finds itself in a new area. The Wildcats will continue to try to make steps forward, now under head coach Jeremy Mitchell.

Lanier

Coach: Elizabeth Dolcimascolo

2018 record: 7-10

Returning starters: M Val Rubio; M Sissy DeArmas; D Kamilah Leseur; D Tiffany Torres; A Kennedi Thomas; A Logan Scheiber; A Annslee Worchol; M Olivia Andrews; D Olivia Mejeris; D Kaylee Avila; A Jaden Russell; A Presely MIller; A Rachel Garrison; G Aaliyah Beard

Newcomers/other key contributors: A Savannah SMith; M Hannah Platt; A Monse Santiago; A Alannis Ares; A/G Hailey Allen; A Hannah Yi; D Frida Escamilla; M Sarah York

Outlook: Lanier is entering its third season as a varsity program. The Longhorns lead on their experience but were just shy of a .500 record. The Longhorns are a more-experienced bunch with each passing year. Sissy DeArmas is a mature presence in the midfield, while Olivia Mejeris, Val Rubio and Kaylee Avila return some leadership on the Longhorns’ defense. The next logical step for an improved Longhorns team is a .500 winning percentage or better.

Meadowcreek

Coach: Bethel Ogbuehi

2018 record: 3-11

Returning Starters: N/A

Newcomers/other key contributors: N/A

Outlook: The Meadowcreek girls lacrosse team’s winless 2016 season seems like a distant memory. The Mustangs fell short of the four-win mark last season, and will try to set the bar to new heights. Perhaps an area upset could shake up the standings this season.

Mill Creek

Coach: Brian Williamson

2018 record: 16-6

Returning starters: A Sara Grieco, Sr.; M Lyndsey Lewis, Sr.; M Sara Fancizi; M Reagan Finley; D Hailey Stone; D Hayden Schlenker; G Julianna Pleck

Newcomers/other key contributors: Madison Park; Caitlyn Costa; Reily Kay; Lexi Wright

Outlook: There’s only one thing left for Mill Creek girls lacrosse program to accomplish. The current senior class has won the region championship all three previous years if they played varsity as freshmen. Last year, Mill Creek advanced to the semifinals before losing to Lassiter by two goals. The one accomplishment left for Mill Creek is the hardest to reach: a state championship. The Hawks return Sara Greico and Lyndsey Lewis, both veteran goal-scoring presences in the attack and midfield. The Hawks will have to fill a void left by Brooke Beverly, who transferred to state runner-up Lassiter. The Hawks graduated seven seniors from last year’s team. Many made up its primary defensive line. Mill Creek’s goalie Julianna Pleck has experience as a member of last season’s goalie rotation.

Mountain View

Coach: Paul Hennelly

2018 record: 12-6

Returning starters: G Shelby Glasgow, Sr.; D Baillie Brindle, Sr.; D Bella Darwis, Sr., D Jessie Guadalupe, Sr; A Reagan Utley, Sr.; D Riley White, Jr.; M Maria Palaomba, So.; M/A Lily Clawson

Newcomers/Other key contributors: M Amberley McCorkle, Sr.; A Devin Foster, Sr; D/M Carsyn Milburn, Jr.; M Emily Denaga, So.; M Miya Park, Sr.; M Claire Vandiver, Sr.

Outlook: Mountain View has a solid foundation of returning starters from last year’s first-ever winning season for the Bears’ campaign. Head coach Paul Hennelly said the Bears’ newest goal is to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time in program history. The Bears have leadership and experience in goalie Shelby Glasgow, a four-year starter. She flanks a defense led by Oglethorpe commit Baillie Brindle. Maria Palomba and Lily Clawson are expected to follow up their contributions from their freshmen campaigns.

Norcross

Coach: Brian McMichael

2018 record: 2-12

Returning starters: N/A

Newcomers/other key contributors: N/A

Outlook: Norcross scotched the games it won. But in games that fell into Norcross’ loss column, the Blue Devils didn’t contend for long. The Blue Devils can make stride by closing that game and continuing to stay in game late.

North Gwinnett

Coach: Justin Bacile

Last year’s record: 10-10

Returning starters: M Parker Nevels, M Hannah Barber, So.; M Kendall

Stewart, M Kate Sheridan, M Avery Saylor D Kaitlin O’Brien, Sr.; D Mackenzie

Lipton Attack: Makenna Doherty, Macy Young Goalie: Lana Puckett

Newcomers/other key contributors: M Caroline Ariano So; D Samara Panton, So.; D Liela Pryor Jr.

Outlook: Justin Bacile takes over as the Bulldogs’ acting head coach after former coach Lindsey Dalton stepped down after eight seasons as head girls lacrosse coach. North Gwinnett would be poised to challenge Mill Creek for the area title once again, but realignment moved the two rivals out of the same area this season. North Gwinnett returns the Area 6 Defender of the Year Kaitlin O’Brien. Hannah Barber is an athletic sophomore midfielder that scored 31 goals as a freshman.

Parkview

Coach: David Erwin

2018 Record: 12-7

Returning starters: G BreAnna Diaz, Sr.; M Sydney Trammel, Jr.; D Shelby Greene, Sr.; D Heaven Lamartz, Jr.; A Mylin Nguyen, Sr.; A Anna Katherine Estock, So.

Newcomers/other key contributors: X Sarah Smith, So.; X Mackenzie Perez, So.; X Claudia Tanksley, Fr.

Outlook: Parkview looks to build on its second consecutive playoff appearance in 2018. Head coach David Erwin is now solely the girls coach, tending the needs of the program that is on the cusp of achieving more postseason success in its early developmental stages. BreAnna Diaz returns for her senior season and remains the heart and sole of the Panthers’ team, Erwin said. She recorded a 74 percent save rate as a junior. The Panthers return experience in the midfield and on defense with junior Sydney Trammel’s 68 ground balls and 43 goals in the middle and senior Shelby Greene’s 12 broken plays on aggressive defense.

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Allie Brock

2018 record: 8-8

Returning starters: M Hannah Labella, Sr.; M/A Anna-Marie Gazzo, Jr.; M Audrey Dutton, Jr.; D Emily Zambrano, Jr.; D/M Anotnella Zambrano, So.; G Victoria Smith, Sr.; M Naquia Hall, So.; D Madison Townsend, Jr.; D Marry Nelson, Sr.; M Peyton Bush, Sr.; A Alex Neel, Sr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: G Faith Cheeseman, Jr.; A Haley McCraken, So.

Outlook: Peachtree Ridge is in its second year under head coach Allie Brock. The Lions look to get back over a .500 winning percentage with ambitions to make the playoffs. The Lions return young leaders from last year’s team. Two of last year’s captains, Audrey Dutton and Hannah Labella, are back. Victoria Smith is the Lions’ senior goalie.

Grayson

Coach: Derek Benton

2018 Record: 12-7

Returning starters: A/D/M Mackenzie Davis, Sr.; G Bridgid Fornek, Sr.; A/D/M Abbey Chambers, Jr.; A/M Ashley Steele, Jr.; A/D/M Marissa Bowens, Jr.; D Tori Luongo, Jr.; A/D Mallory King, Jr.; X Aubri Ribblett, So.; X Riah Burnett, So.

Newcomers/other key contributors: N/A

Outlook: Grayson’s team doesn’t look like it did last year after six seniors graduated. Head coach Derek Benton said their leadership was integral to leading the team to a playoff appearance last year, but he’s anticipating big contributions from his large junior class. Grayson plays in a revamped, spread out Area 8 with Archer standing as it’s only local competition. The Rams will make trips to Evans this year for Area games against Greenbrier and Evans.

A-AAAAA

Buford

Coach: Marianne Cagle

2018 record: 9-7

Returning starters: M Peyton Salo, Sr.; A Katheryn Voorhees, Sr.; A Skylar Thomas, Jr.; D Anna Church, Jr.; D Julie Stuart, So.; M Courtney Martin, So.; M Jordan Garrison, So.; D Alyssa Kerlin, Sr.

Newcomers/other key contributors: A Jordan Olivo, Fr.; M Kylee Kangass, Fr.; D Kaylee Moreland, Jr.; A Lauren Brown, So.

Outlook: Buford girls lacrosse posted its first winning record a season ago, and looks to take steps forward and chip away at its region opponents. Director of lacrosse Emily Jacquette said the Wolves are focused on fundamentals and will take a less-overwhelming approach by measuring success game-by-game. Putting it all together, the Wolves believe, could lead to the program’s first playoff appearance.

Greater Atlanta Christian

Coach: Kendra Robinson

2018 record: 9-7

Key contributors: A Bekah Frintner, Sr.; M Ava Hanson, Jr.; A Amelia Herbert, Sr.; D Abby Jackson, Jr.; M Sarah Kester, Sr.; D Kearston Dixon, So.; G Annie Kilpatrick, Sr.; D Alexa Knott, Sr.; A Sarah Olson, Jr.; M Lexie Vander Linde, So.; D Charlee Cutchins, Fr.; A Madaline Fracteau, Fr.; A Carly Granger, Fr.; D Gracie Stephens, Jr.

Outlook: Greater Atlanta Christian is under the management of a new head coach, Kendra Robinson. She played college Lacrosse at Wells College (N.Y.) and St. Andrews University (N.C.). She has coached in Utah for the past eight years. Midfielders Sarah Kester and Lexie Vander Linde will be players to watch, in addition to senior goalie Annie Kilpatrick. GAC will try to chip away at area opponents en route to a state playoff berth.

Wesleyan

Coach: Anna Myrick

2018 record: 16-4

Returning starters: A Chloe Hangartner, Sr.; A Whitaker Welch, Sr.; M Katie Tanner, Sr.; M Quinn Kaloper, Sr.; M Grace Kennedy, Sr.; D Tabitha Conrad, Sr.; D Lauren Oakes, Sr.; D Elise Harper, Sr.; G Emma Nydam, So.

Newcomers/other key contributors: A Anna Rae Copeland, Fr.; M Julie LaFramboise, Fr.; D Gray Bradach, Fr.

Outlook: The Wesleyan girls lacrosse team seemed like a state-championship contender for most of last season until it came up against last year’s state runner-up Starr’s Mill in the second round of the Class A-AAAAA playoffs. The Wolves return two all-state players: Chloe Hangartner on attack and Tabitha Conrad on defense. The Wolves have six more senior starters returning, but are young in some spots in the lineup. Emma Nydam was a regular starter for Wesleyan last year as a freshman goalie. Head coach Anna Myrick also expects significant contributions from several freshmen.

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