2019 Girls Lacrosse Team Preview Capsules

It will be a season of new beginnings for area high school girls lacrosse teams, as three of the four local squads have new head coaches.

That number includes Hilton Head High, where Ann Cavalier takes over a team that advanced to the state semifinals last year but returns only three starters. Experienced coach Meredith Rhinehart takes over Beaufort High’s fledgling program with hopes of building the Eagles into a winner, former assistant Kayla Mattingly is now at the helm at Bluffton, and Caitlin Szymanski — the area’s longest-tenured coach in her third season at May River — looks for the Sharks to take a big step forward with their entire starting lineup returning.

Here’s a look at all the area teams:


Beaufort High

Coach: Meredith Rhinehart (1st season) 

2018 record: 0-6

Returning starters: 2

Top returners: Nicole Marsh, Sr., G; Quyntessa Tyson, Sr., MF; Lauren Bush, Sr., ATT; Lindsey Breaux, Jr., MF; Katelyn Carter, Soph., MF/ATT; Abi Wiley, Soph., ATT

Coach’s outlook: “We are introducing a lot of new concepts and themes, working to positively change the local lacrosse culture. We have a motivated group of 18 girls — 12 of which have never played lacrosse. Everyone out there is willing to learn and is enthusiastically growing in the sport daily. The older players and captains have done an excellent job of setting an example as well as taking the younger players under their wings. Many of the new girls are picking up the basics quickly and already thinking ahead to the next steps of the game. I am excited to see this group of lively, positive, and committed athletes take the 2019 lacrosse season by surprise.”


Bluffton

Coach: Kayla Mattingly (1st season)

2018 record: 6-8 (lost to Oceanside Collegiate in first round of playoffs)

Returning starters: 9

Top returners: Josefina Martinez, ATT; Leah Warner, ATT; Nagisa Reed, MF; Brisa Chambella, MF; Maile Paulmeier, G

Key newcomers: Zoe Paulmeier, D; Brilee Larson, G

Coach’s outlook: “Our 2019 season will be a rebuilding year as we set the foundation for what this program will look to achieve both this season and in future seasons. Our biggest key this year will be the energy this team brings into everything they do. Our team works hard on and off the field and always has a good time doing it, their energy makes coaching them a lot of fun.”


Hilton Head High

Coach: Ann Cavalier (1st season)

2018 record: 14-3 (lost to Bishop England in state semifinals)

Number of returning starters: 3

Top returners: Lexie Locker, Sr., ATT; Marlee Brummer, Sr., G; Emma Grace Walters, Sr., ATT

Coach’s outlook: “Coach Cavalier has a passion for helping young ladies grow both athletically and as young women, and brings that commitment to her role as a coach both on and off the field. Coach Soule is very grateful for the opportunity to teach these young group of girls, and can’t wait to see them grow as lacrosse players.”


May River

Coach: Caitlin Szymanski (3rd season)

2018 record: 5-8 (lost to Hilton Head High in first round of playoffs)

Returning starters: 11

Top returners: Yael Echeverria, Sr., ATT; Daniela Jimenez, Sr., D; Mary-Miller Kaelin, Jr., ATT; Courtney Alewine, Jr., ATT; Emma Holliday, Sr., D; Emily Meiss, Sr., D

Key losses: None

Key newcomers: Liz Iglesias, Jr., G; Tori Meiss, Fr., G; Daniela Carachure, Jr., D; Amanda Katon, Soph., D

Coach’s outlook: “It’s a pleasure to work with this group of positive and hard-working players. They have grown tremendously in the last three years and are the cheerleaders for the newcomers. All players have strengths and are working hard to improve their skills and grow in the game.”

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