The close chemistry between many multi-sports athletes has been the driving force that has entered this season for coach Laura Camp’s Powhatan girls lacrosse program, and those ties have propelled the Indians to an 11-0 record with a goal differential of 216-38 and two games left. the program.
“These girls are friends off the pitch,” Camp said Wednesday before a fight with Patrick Henry (4-6).
“Playing multiple sports together really helps with that chemistry. They carry the chemistry from one sport to another and that has definitely helped our success this season.”
Powhatan defeated all opponents with double-digit net margins except one: the traditional local power Atlee (8-3), which the Indians beat 11-10 on March 24 after leading most of the way and then resisting during a rally of the late Raiders.
“That was a really big win for us,” Camp said of Atlee’s win. “Knowing that they are such a strong program with a lot of strong players, it was a real test for our team to compete at that level. … All the guys were up to the occasion.”
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With quite a few year-round lacrosse players mixed with some well-rounded athletes who excel at multiple sports, Camp knew the start of the year had the potential to be a special season. The Indians returned nine starters from a 9-2 2021 squad.
About 60% of Powhatan’s goals have been assisted this season, a statistic indicative of a cohesive attack, which Camp praised.
“We don’t have just one or two players who are threats, they all are,” he said. “So many of our players will play different roles and fill in the gaps for what is needed, they are all flexible and enthusiastic to do whatever job I ask of them. It is so rewarding as a manager to have such willing and positive players no matter what position they are.”
Senior captains Jordan Krauss (attack) and Kendal McMullin (midfield) provided key leadership, Krauss is the ‘control center’ of the attack with 85 career assists and McMullin is the midfield reference.
Young Sam Flippo and sophomore Grace Hayden were vital in defense, as were young Taylor Fitzsimmons. Second-year defender Casey Grell “has really come forward,” said Camp.
Junior Lexi Campbell is a versatile athlete who can play anywhere. Two freshmen, Caroline Camp and Erica Krauss, are strong in the draw and have provided goal threats. Junior left-handed striker Kate Adams has a great crease effect and excels at spotting teammates. Junior strikers Carly Rehme, Sophie Payne, Hannah Johnson and Hunter King helped move forward.
Freshman Chloe Holt came from junior college mid-season and quickly excelled. And young Jessie Fens is “a great communicator” in goal, leading the defensive lines in front of her, and young Lily Marshall also saw the time in goal.
The Indians finish their regular season on Thursday against Mechanicsville (2-8) before a week of preparation for the regionals, where the top four teams from east and west are lined up on opposite sides of the group.
A potential Powhatan-Atlee rematch could make it to the region’s semi-finals with a seat in the state tournament up for grabs.