LowcoSports HS Girls Lacrosse Preview: Bobcats Look Strong Again; Seahawks, Sharks Ready To Take Leap Forward

Only one area girls lacrosse team – the Bluffton Bobcats – made it out of the first round of the Class 4A playoffs last season, but with Hilton Head High and May River returning loads of experience, they could be poised to change that in 2018.

The Bobcats are in good shape to build upon last year’s 11-4 season that ended in the second round of the playoffs, as they return six starters including All-State goalie Maile Paulmeier.

The Seahawks finished 7-7 a year ago and lost a close match in the first round of the playoffs, but with all 10 starters back they are expecting to see major improvement.

The Sharks took their lumps in their inaugural season, going winless, but they also have all 10 starters back and should be able to make a big jump in year 2.

BLUFFTON

Coach: Ashley Snyder (2nd season)

2017 record: 11-4

2017 playoff results: Lost in second round of Class 4A playoffs

Returning starters: 6

Top returners: MF Nagisa Reed (Jr.); GK Maile Paulmeier (Jr.); ATT/MF Josefina Martinez (Jr.); ATT/MF Brisa Chambella (Jr.); D Eilish Edwards (Jr.); ATT Leah Warner (Jr.)

Key losses: MF Nicole Iulo

Key newcomers: D Mariana Garcia (Soph.); D Skylar Kay (Jr.); MF Sophie Chambella (Fr.)

Coach’s outlook: This season marks a year of growth with a larger roster than normal and many girls wanting to learn the game. Combine that with a good number of experienced players and we have the makings for a great season.

HILTON HEAD HIGH

Coach: Katie O’Sullivan (4th season)

2017 record: 7-7

2017 playoff results: Lost in first round of Class 4A playoffs

Returning starters: 10

Top returners: MF Anne Evans (Sr.); ATT Lara Martel (Sr.); D Ashtin Soule (Sr.); MF Lexie Locker (Jr.)

Key losses: None

Key newcomers: ATT Emma Grace Walters (Jr.); MF Katie Bennett (Jr.); D Trinity Feltner (Jr.)

Coach’s outlook: We are excited and prepared to play at a competitive level, while bringing our teammates new to the sport up to speed on fundamentals and team concepts. Our goal is to make it deep into the SCHSL playoffs.

MAY RIVER

Coach: Caitlin Szymanski (2nd season)

Returning starters: 10

Top returners: ATT Madison Shropshire (Sr.); ATT Courtney Alewine (Soph.); ATT Catherine Fudal (Jr.); ATT Aubrey Gaglia (Jr.); ATT Mary-Miller Kaelin (Soph.); D Daniela Jimenez (Jr.); D Miranda Costilla (Jr.); D Kaitlyn Simmons (Soph.); D Emma Holiday (Jr.)

Key losses: None

Key newcomers: D Ciarra Weaver (Soph.); C Yael Echevarria (Jr.); GK Julianne Lazo (Soph.)

Coach’s outlook: It is a pleasure to work with these girls. They are hard-working and consistently positive. They are improving and learning more about game mechanics every day. I expect exponential growth in their skill level over the course of the season and in the coming years.

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