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Charlotte Country Day dominates 2016 All-Observer girls lacrosse team

Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse coach Kristy Boyles, seen here surrounded by her team after winning state, is the 2016 Charlotte Observer coach of the year
Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse coach Kristy Boyles, seen here surrounded by her team after winning state, is the 2016 Charlotte Observer coach of the year

Charlotte Country Day senior midfielder, Lucy Pedlow, is the Charlotte Observer girls’ lacrosse player of the year.

Pedlow, a Cornell University signee, had 53 goals and 32 takeaways, while controlling the tempo for a loaded, Country Day team that including nine all-state players.

Pedlow, a four-time all-conference and all-state pick and two-time, All-American, finishes her Country Day career as the school’s all-time leader in overall points and takeaways (98).

Pedlow’s coach at Country Day, Kristy Boyles, is the Observer coach of the year after leading her team to a dominant season. Country Day outscored opponents 388-134 this season, going 15-0 against N.C. teams, including an 18-2 state finals win over Durham Academy.

Charlotte Country Day won its fourth straight state title and finished 20-1-1. The Bucs’ girls also earned their first national ranking in school history, finishing No. 5 in the South Region, according to the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine rankings.

Girls’ lacrosse became the sixth Country Day program to win at least four consecutive state championships, joining boys’ lacrosse (2008-11), boys’ tennis (1994-2003), girls’ tennis (1990-97 and 2000-03), softball (1998-2001) and boys’ golf (1985-88).

2016 All Charlotte Observer Girls’ Lacrosse Team


Riley Harrison, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-American, all-state selection, University of North Carolina signee had 90 goals, 26 assists this season; set school record with 232 career goals.

Carly Vaccaro, Lake Norman, Sr.: University of Tampa signee, all-conference 10 pick had 117 goals, 46 assists, 81 ground balls.

Kieran Rinaldi, Lake Norman, Sr.: Radford University signee another all-conference 10 play maker in the Wildcat lineup with 73 goals 47 assists.

Natalie Italiano, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: Cougars’ standout, all-conference 11 pick; had 46 goals, 14 assists, 46 ground balls on the season.

Landon Shelley, Myers Park, Jr.: Mustangs’ all-conference 11 play maker led team with 33 assists, also had 22 goals.

Julia Loesch, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-state pick, Connecticut College signee had 27 goals, 62 assists.


Lucy Pedlow, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-American, all-state pick, Cornell University signee is a huge key to Bucs’ offense and defense; scored 53 goals, had 32 takeaways this season.

Julianna Dworshak, Lake Norman, Sr.: West Point (Army) appointee, all-conference 10 pick had showed her versatility with 45 goals, 44 assists, 53 ground balls.

Hannah Perkins, Myers Park, Jr.: Furman University commit led Mustangs with 66 goals.

Annalise Heyward, Ardrey Kell, Sr.: U.S. Naval Academy appointee, all-conference 11 pick had 47 goals, 32 assists, 93 ground balls.

Megan Flesch, Charlotte Catholic, So.: University of Richmond commit, all-conference 11 performer led Cougars with 57 goals; also had 66 ground balls.

Samantha Wierzbicki, Weddington, Sr.: Warriors’ standout, all-conference 12 pick, a versatile player with 49 goals, 18 assists, 26 ground balls, 25 takeaways.

Kelsea Little, Marvin Ridge, So.: All-conference 12 selection led Mavericks with 39 goals.


Jaclyn Perkins, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: Ohio State commit, all-state selection had 59 goals, 111 ground balls, 192 draw controls (school record) this season.

Ellie Pontiakos, Ardrey Kell, Jr.: All-conference 11 pick led Knight with 48 goals, also had 21 assists, 48 ground balls, 20 takeaways.


Natalee Palmer, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-American, all-state pick, Dartmouth signee had 43 goals, 52 ground balls; set school record for career ground balls (117).

RoseLee Schiemer, Lake Norman, So.: Kennesaw State commit had another all-conference 10 season with 25 goals, 42 assists, 81 ground balls,

Alicia Izzo, Nation Ford, Jr.: S.C. Upper State defensive player of the year led Falcons to AAAA state runner-up finish.

Virginia Poole, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: All-state defender had 71 ground balls.

Annie Sherrill, Myers Park, Sr.: Sewanee signee, all-conference 11 pick a shutdown defender for Mustangs.


Abby McGaha, Myers Park, Sr.: All-American, conference 11 player of the year, St. Francis signee saved 53 percent of the shots on goal.

Second team

Attackers: Kate Powell, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.; Grace Wasulko, Weddington, Jr.; Graham McIntosh, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.; Karlee Stinson, Fort Mill, Sr.;Ellie Larson, Providence, Sr.

Midfielders: Kaitlin Coleman, Charlotte Catholic, Fr.; Elizabeth Robertson, Myers Park, Jr; Claire Dorcy, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.; Rachel Denney, Nation Ford, Sr.; Katherine Haenlein, South Mecklenburg, Sr.; Cecelia Monnin, Charlotte Latin, So.

Faceoff/Midfield: Samantha McNeil, Nation Ford, Jr.; Thea Reddin, Charlotte Country Day, So.

Defenders: Anna Albright, Myers Park, Sr.; Sierra Meeker, Ardrey Kell, So.; Sally Dowd, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.; Chloe Wallace, Marvin Ridge, Sr.; Claire Kelly, Charlotte Latin, Sr.

Goalkeeper: Grace Tabor, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.

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