ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.
Daises Run Wild in Texas
Even as senior attacker Maggie Fobare enters Northwestern University to begin her collegiate lacrosse career, her thoughts may be with her former teammates at Hockaday (Dallas).
“I'm going to miss the unity of the team," said Fobare. "We became a family. We knew we could rely on each other for anything on and off the field."
Fobare was part of a senior class with defenders Haley Freeman, Nina Yanagisawa and goalie Zoe Blumenthal that helped guide the Daisies to a 19-4 season for the program's third Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division I state title since 2008.
Fobare led the Daisies with 108 goals and added 21 assists, but the Daisies run to a title was aided by junior Megan Porter who scored 54 goals and 17 assists, junior attacker Ali Purnell (44, 3), sophomore midfielder Catherine McGeoch (34, 9) and sophomore midfielder Emily Wechsler (24, 2).
"Winning the state title this year was so incredible because one player didn't do it alone," said Fobare, who with co-captain Avery Hall has been a member of two state title-winning squads. "It was such a joint effort. Everyone wanted to win, and everyone was going to do what it took to take home that first place trophy."
It was Weschler's game-winning fifth goal with 10 seconds remaining that secured the 19-18 overtime win over St. John's (Houston) on May 13. A day earlier, it had been Purnell's decisive goal off a feed from McGeoch with 11 seconds left in regulation, which lifted the Daisies over Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas), 11-10.
The title was the Daisies second under fourth-year coach Elia Kochan, a former player at Syracuse University.
"Our tight bonds off the field translated directly onto the field, which was such a huge factor in our ability to win," said Fobare. "This season was absolutely perfect, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my high school career."
Landon Plays Hard Ball
Landon (Bethesda, Md.) coach Rob Bordley does not believe in soft scheduling.
Even when the records of this year's squad was 1-2 following consecutive losses and 3-5 following three straight losses, the 64-year-old was unapologetic about a slate of games which resulted in early-season losses against Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada), Gilman (Baltimore), St. Mary's (Annapolis, Md.), Calverton School (Huntingtown, Md.) and Bullis (Potomac, Md.).
"My theory is let's play tough out of conference games and get better as a result. And then when it counts in May hopefully we'll be ready to go,” said Bordley. "I kept saying to the kids that we could easily schedule some softer teams, and we could be 6-2 or 7-1. But I just don't think that you get any better that way."
That was indeed the case for the Bears of Bethesda who won 10 of their last 11 games on the way to earning their program's 28th overall Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) title.
The Bears (13-6), ranked No. 30 in the latest boys' POWERADE FAB 50 won their semifinal meeting 6-4 over archrival Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) on May 9 before gaining revenge over Bullis 7-4 in the title game on May 12.
Hutchison Puts The Sting on Opponents
Junior attacker Alyssa Herzog (30 goals, 54 assists), sophomore attacker Loring Gearhardt (44, 19), senior attacker Kelly Guin McArtor (38, 22) and junior midfielder Emily Mayzell (41, six) led a balanced and dominant offense that paced Hutchison (Memphis, Tenn.) to a 19-1 record and its second-straight Tennessee Girls Lacrosse Association state title.
Sophomore Sandy Smith (32, 10) and senior Margaret Cates (32, nine) added depth in the midfield as did sophomores Chloe Duke and Lauren Atkins, each of who scored 32 goals to go with eight assists.
Seniors Llewellyn Hall and Lawrence Jones and junior Bridget Boyer anchored the defense in front of senior goalie Elizabeth Jones.
The Sting’s 20-8 championship victory over Ensworth on May 12 ends a four-year run of 67-6 for the seniors who were a combined 38-1 over the past two seasons. Co-coaches Samantha Ziegler and Ben Mrva are in their second and seventh seasons, respectively.