CorrespondentThe Charlotte Country Day girls’ lacrosse team was perfect this year.The Bucs completed their 19-0 season with a 11-10 win against Durham Academy when senior Hanna Krueger scored with just 20.5 seconds left in the second overtime.The win clinched the Bucs’ third state crown in the last four seasons.Country Day finished the season No. 2 in the final laxpower.com N.C. rankings, behind Green Hope.Charlotte Catholic (17-3) came up just short of a state title, falling to East Chapel Hill, 15-13, in the finals. The Cougars played in the state title game for the third time in the last four years, winning in 2010. Girls’ lacrosse offensive player of the year: Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic – The sophomore Cougar midfielder, who earned honorable mention All-American this year, scored 99 goals in helping her team to the state championship game for the second straight season. Wallon scored nine goals in the state semifinal over Lake Norman and seven in the championship game loss to East Chapel Hill. Wallon also had 27 assists, 42 groundballs, 75 takeaways and won 58 draws. Girls’ lacrosse defensive player of the year: Julia Shaw, Charlotte Catholic – Shaw, a senior, had 20 takeaways and 31 groundballs while supporting the Catholic offense with 25 goals and 17 assists. Shaw controlled 45 draws for the Cougars, showing her versatility to help Catholic to its third state finals appearance in her four high school seasons. Girls’ lacrosse coach of the year: Kristy Boyles, Charlotte Country Day – When Boyles took over the Country Day girls’ lacrosse program two seasons ago from former coach Ed Burnam, she knew she had big shoes to fill.After losing to Ravenscroft in the state title game last year, Boyles led the Bucs back this year and won her first title as the Bucs’ head coach. Boyles’ team had an unblemished 19-0 record.All-South Charlotte News girls’ lacrosse Attack:Dalton Nicholson, Myers Park, Sr. – Scored 76 goals.Grayce Anderson, Charlotte Latin, So. – All-state attacker had team-best 83 goals.Peri Strassner, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – Scored 38 goals, 14 assists and won 92 draws.Natali Italiano, Charlotte Catholic, Fr. – Played big role for Cougars. Attack/midfield:Maeve Healy, Ardrey Kell, So. – Knights’ top offensive weapon had 47 goals.Anna Comer, Charlotte Country Day, So.: All-state pick’s takeaway set up Krueger for game-winning goal in state championship. Midfield:Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic, So. – All-American had 99 goals, 27 assists.Rachel Wallon, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – St. Francis (Pa.) signee had 18 goals, 26 assists and 46 groundballs.Hanna Kruger, Charlotte Country Day, Sr. – All-American, all-state pick led Bucs with 60 goals, 59 assists, including game-winner in state championship game, Amherst College (Mass.) signee.London Vaughn, Charlotte Country Day, Sr. – All-state senior organized Bucs’ offense with 28 goals, 39 assists. Defender:Julia Shaw, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – Versatile Cougar defender had 20 takeaways and 31 groundballs.Erica Batres, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. and Katty Detmer, Charlotte Catholic, So. – Both Catholic defenders were big for Cougars combining for 27 takeaways and 55 groundballs.Anna Kate Smith, Charlotte Country Day, Sr. – All-state defender was a rock in the back for Bucs.Sarah Waller, Charlotte Latin, Jr. – Hawks’ all-state defender helped team to state semifinals. Goalkeeper:Michele Holmes, Charlotte Catholic, Jr. – 102 saves a big part of Cougar defense that allowed only six goals per contest.
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013
Cougars, Bucs tops in lacrosse
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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