The Marvin Ridge girls’ lacrosse team has gone 33-7 over the past two years.In 2012, they posted a 17-3 record and made it all the way to the state semifinals before falling to Charlotte Catholic. Then last year, Marvin Ridge went 16-4 – including 8-0 in Conference 9 play – before running into Catholic again in the state quarterfinals. But this year, the Mavericks believe they have the team to be a state contender. They also will compete in the 1A/2A/3A playoff format, where they are among the early favorites to win it all. “This year, our goal is to win a state championship,” said Marvin Ridge all-state attacker Amy Collins, who was also The Charlotte Observer Player of the Year last season. “We are going to do whatever it takes to get there. If that means scoring a lot, I’ll do it. If that means passing more and setting people up, I’ll do it.” Collins scored 124 goals last season, the second highest in state history, and had 277 career scores. The all-state attacker, who has signed to play at Bucknell (Pa.) University next year, is capable of taking over a game. She averaged six goals per contest last year, and had eight or more goals in eight of her 18 games. Collins said her goal is to be even better this season, scoring over 200 points – no matter what combination of goals and assists that takes. “Amy knows that this season it is not a necessity for her to keep the same goal-scoring pace that she has in the past,” said Marvin Ridge girls’ lacrosse head coach and Amy’s father, Doug Collins. “This is the best overall team we’ve had at Marvin Ridge, in terms of having so many girls that play year-round. Our focus is to be much more patient and find the open player with the best shot three or four meters from the goal.” Amy Collins is a part of the talented team, especially on an offense that averaged 19 goals per game last season. That group also boasts juniors Taylor Sweeney (University of Tampa commit), who had 54 goals and 31 assists last year, and Clare Murphy (Virginia Commonwealth University commit), who notched 51 goals and 21 assists. Coach Collins expects junior midfielders Abby Joselyn and Jenna Rogers, as well as freshmen Katie Atlas and Carter Williams, to be big factors in the offense, too. Meanwhile, the defense will need a few younger players step up, but it has sophomore Ally MacWhirter back to lead the way.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Maverick girls’ lacrosse thinks they can make championship run
5 Players to Watch
Amy Collins: Marvin Ridge, senior attacker, all-state attacker (reigning Charlotte Observer Player of the Year), poured 124 goals (second in state history) last year and now wants a 200-point season (goals and assists combined), Bucknell University signee also has 4.6 GPA.
Clare Murphy: Marvin Ridge, junior midfielder, Virginia Commonwealth signee, all-conference midfielder another big part of a potent Maverick offense with Collins, Taylor Sweeney and more.
Cheyenne Burnam: Weddington, senior attacker, all-state attacker, Syracuse signee shooting for even more than her 70-goal, 19-assist junior season, also hopes to lead Warriors to playoffs.
Samantha Wierzbicki: Weddington, sophomore attacker/midfielder, showed her big-time potential as a freshman earning all-conference honors with 43 goals, 16 assists.
Chelsea Reckdenwald: Cuthbertson, senior attacker, Cavaliers’ standout back to lead offense after notching 25 goals, 10 assists last season.
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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