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.