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Posted: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012

All Observer Girls Lacrosse: Fort Mill’s Katz, Morris earn girls’ awards

By Jay Edwards
Published in: High School Honors
  • All Observer Girls Lacrosse Team

    Attacker: Kirsten Terry, Fort Mill: All-state sophomore put up eye-popping numbers with 68 goals, 79 assists including game-winning scores in overtime in both Upper State championship and state championships games

    Attacker: Taylor Vaccaro, Lake Norman: Dynamic sophomore had 71 goals to lead Wildcats.

    Attacker: Amy Collins, Marvin Ridge: Sophomore already proven to have big-time talent with 96 goals.

    Attacker: Megan Patterson, Charlotte Catholic: Winthrop signee a major offensive weapon for Cougars.

    Midfielder: Mady Katz, Fort Mill, Sr.: Senior scored a team-best 78 goals, including four scores in the state finals, to lead Yellow Jackets to S.C. state title.

    Midfielder: Austin Brown, Providence Day, Sr.: Providence Day’s all-time leading scorer, all-state pick had more than 300 goals in her career.

    Midfielder: Mikayla Sweeney, Marvin Ridge, Sr.: Virginia Tech signee had 66 goals, 42 assists to help lead Mavericks to 17-3 record and state quarterfinals.

    Midfielder: Hannah Krueger, Charlotte Country Day and Dalton Nicholson, Myers Park (tie): Krueger made big impact for Bucs with a team-best 84 goals this year; Nicholson led potent Mustang offense in scoring.

    Defender/Midfielder: Brianna Storey, Charlotte Catholic: Cougars’ co-captain does a little bit of everything for team, Roanoke College signee.

    Defender: Dori Wilson, Fort Mill, Sr.: S.C. Defensive Player of the Year, all-state pick led Yellow Jackets’ defense.

    Defender: Erin Larson, Myers Park, Sr.: Battled injury, but still one of Charlotte’s best defenders.

    Goalkeeper: Mara Woollard, Providence Day, Sr.: Chargers’ all-state, co-captain helped team to state semifinals.

    Observer Player of the Year: Madelyn Katz, Fort Mill

    Observer Coach of the Year: Nicol Morris, Fort Mill

    Mecklenburg Player of the Year: Austin Brown, Providence Day

    Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Dee Bier, Charlotte Catholic

    Regional Player of the Year: Madelyn Katz, Fort Mill

    Regional Coach of the Year: Nicol Morris, Fort Mill

    Second Team

    ATT : Maddy Capizzi, Myers Park, Sr.

    ATT : Mattie Shuman, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.

    ATT : Allie Brown, Providence, Sr.

    ATT : Cheyenne Burnam, Weddington, So.

    MF : Charlotte Moore, Myers Park, Sr.

    MF : Rachel Valocchi, Lake Norman, So.

    MF : Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic, Fr.

    MF : Megan Brady, Providence, Sr.

    MF / D : Linley Benson, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.

    D : Katie Riddle, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.

    D : Caroline Lewis, Fort Mill, Jr.

    GK: Rosalie Hawkins, Fort Mill, Jr.

    Third Team

    ATT : Clair Frase, Fort Mill, So.

    ATT : Cassie Brown, Providence Day, Fr.

    ATT : Caroline Allbert, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.

    ATT / MF : Grayce Anderson, Charlotte Latin, Fr.

    MF : Kelly Belue, Cuthbertson, Sr.

    MF : Kayla Wynne, Weddington, Sr.

    MF : Bailey Leonard, Hough, Sr.

    MF : MacKenzie Lancaster, Marvin Ridge, Fr. and London Vaughn, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.

    MF : Calian Howey, Providence Day, Sr.

    D /MF: Kaitlin Hightower, Providence, Sr.

    D : Roseanna Schiemer, Lake Norman, So. (also plays midfielder)

    GK: Anna Harbacevich, Myers Park, Fr.


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    The Fort Mill girls’ lacrosse team came into the season with big expectations.

    But no one could have imagined the ride that the Yellow Jackets would take as they won both the Upper State championship and S.C. High School League championship games on dramatic game-winning goals by sophomore Kirsten Terry in overtime.

    In the Upper State championship, Terry scored in double overtime as Fort Mill took out defending state champion Wando 17-16 only to do it later that week again in a 12-11 thriller in the state final win over J.L. Mann.

    While Terry had an all-state year, she got a lot of help from Observer Player of the Year and Regional Player of the Year Fort Mill senior midfielder Mady Katz, who not only led her team with 78 goals, but also earned All-American status in the process.

    Katz, who is going to University of Georgia on an academic scholarship, has been invited to play club lacrosse for the Bulldogs.

    The leader of Fort Mill’s success, coach Nicol Morris, also earned Observer and Regional Coach of the Year, after leading her team to a 15-2 record and state title this season.

    Charlotte Catholic came up one win short of a state championship, falling to Green Hope 17-6 in the finals. But coach Dee Bier, the Mecklenburg Coach of the Year, still led her girls to another standout season, going 19-2 while winning Conference 8 in the process.

    Providence Day senior midfielder Austin Brown is the Mecklenburg Player of the Year, after finishing off her all-state career with 94 goals this year.

    Brown, who had more than 300 goals in her career to become the Chargers’ all-time leading scorer, will be a part of the first girls’ lacrosse team at Coastal Carolina next season.

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