The lacrosse season has begun with several programs getting off to strong starts.
The Centennial girls’ team has won five of its first six contests including a 16-3 road victory at Northview on March 13. Ella Hancock scored four goals and had nine draw controls in the victory. She leads the Knights with 28 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers in addition to 12 goals and eight assists on the season. Other top performers for Centennial have been Amelia Wright with a team-high 30 goals and nine assists and Christina Fabrizio who has 20 goals and seven assists. Defensively, the Knights only allow four goals and force more than seven turnovers a contest led by Kamryn McNeil and Callen Sweigart.
“We have a very large group of returning girls that have experienced some success over the past year or two and are hungry for more,” Centennial head coach Emily Perling said. “The team picked our theme for the year to be ‘Finish.’ This word has helped to guide us in our practices and games every day. We focus on finishing strong in every aspect, from finishing a shot on goal to finishing a sprint all the way through the line. Everyone in our offense is a threat with the ball.” The Knights return to action on March 22 at home against Chattahoochee.
Centennial’s boys team won at Buford 9-6 on March 15 and has a 6-1 mark this season The Knights will host Duluth on March 21.
The Chattahoochee girls’ team has an undefeated mark through six games including a 14-3 home win against South Forsyth on March 15. Top contributors offensively include Katie Cavanaugh (18 goals, 15 assists), Kennedy Goss (22 goals, 36 draws won) and Anna Ogan (13 goals, seven assists). The defense has been led by Meaghan Trainer who has won 13 ground balls and 14 draws in addition to scoring seven goals.
“The season has been off to a great start so we’re excited,” Cougars head coach Ashriel West said. “We have an amazing group of seniors with a lot of experience and leadership. “This is a very hardworking team that is determined to work together as a unit to accomplish big goals this season.”
Fellowship Christian has an 8-1 mark this season including an 18-5 road win at Mount Paran on March 15. Michael Washburne scored five goals while Nick Schenken had four goals and one assist. John Washburne and Parker Addison each scored three goals while Cam Cochran had a team-high five assists in addition to two goals. The team will visit Kell on March 22.
The Paladins’ girls team has an undefeated start through its first seven games including a 20-3 home victory against King’s Ridge on March 12. “We are very pleased with the efforts up and down the field, and really improved our game through our fundamentals,” Fellowship co-head coach Allison Senf said. “Our goalie staff has done a great job being consistent in the cage but also getting the job done between the pipes. Defensively we have made a big leap physically and are communicating well. We are forcing the ball out of the middle of the 8, to allow our goalies to have the best opportunity to make the save. Throughout the midfield, we are transitioning the ball quickly to the attacking zone. Our draw personnel is winning the draw and fighting for ground balls to gain possession and to maintain momentum throughout the game. Finally our attack is putting the ball in the back of the net. They are making the simple play that is allowing us to be extremely successful.” The Paladins’ girls team visits Mount Paran on March 21.
Wesleyan saw its boys’ team earn an 18-1 road win at Denmark on March 9 led by Vance Nicklaus (three goals, three assists) and Davis Chapman (three goals, two assists) while Bennett Harrison, J.D. Chipman and Michael Nicklaus each had two goals.The Wolves’ girls team defeated Kennesaw Mountain at home 18-10 on March 8 as Whitaker Welch scored seven goals and Chole Hangartner found the back of the net six times. Wesleyan’s boys team hosts Mount Pisgah Christian on March 29 while the girls’ team welcomes in Greater Atlanta Christian on March 28.
Local action on March 20 features Roswell boys visiting Alpharetta, Cambridge boys visiting Harrison and Milton girls hosting Potomac (VA). March 21 sees Blessed Trinity girls visiting Kell, Cambridge girls hosting Starr’s Mill, King’s Ridge boys hosting Riverside, King’s Ridge girls hosting Holy Innocents’ and Milton boys visiting Johns Creek. Finally on March 22, the Chattahoochee boys’ team travels to Cambridge, Alpharetta boys visits Kennesaw Mountain and Blessed Trinity boys hosts Mount Vernon Presbyterian.