POWHATAN – Powhatan Girls Lacrosse’s players showed improvement in a week that saw them open strong on a 20-2 triumph over Fluvanna on May 7 before taking setbacks to a pair of challenging Jefferson District opponents in Western Albemarle, 14-4, and Monticello, 17-6.
“Fluvanna, we did an amazing job, very happy with their play,” Powhatan Girls Lacrosse head coach Laura Camp said. “Western is an amazing team – they play well, they play with good character and they’re well-coached.
Playing Monticello on May 10 at Powhatan High School’s field, the Indians tied the Mustangs early at 2-2 with goals from Brittany Samuels and Hailey Camp, and both Camp and Michala Taylor found the net in the latter stages of the first half to keep the game close, with Monticello ahead 6-4. But Alison Swartout and Josie Mallory each scored within the final 2 minutes to grow the Mustangs’ lead to 8-4 before halftime. Monticello pulled away with the help of a monster game from Caleigh Smith, who tallied up 9 goals on the evening.
But Coach Laura Camp praised the way her team played.
“This Monticello game, in the past, we’ve lost 20-1 the last 2 years, and the fact that we were within 4 at halftime tells me that our girls have improved so much,” Camp said. “The fact that we played our game and we played at the highest level we could the entire game tells me that, not only have we improved, but the kids have grown as individuals as well.
She added that her team “played 100 percent through the entire game.”
“We played smart, we played hard, we played fast,” Camp said, “and I think we gave them more of a competition than they thought they were going to get today, so that really makes me happy.”
Hailey Camp led Powhatan in the May 10 game with 3 goals.
“Hailey had great shot placement today,” Coach Camp said. “She went in with confidence and found the net; scoring goals against these really high-level goalies is a tough job and our girls did it today, so I couldn’t be happier.”
Samuels, Taylor and Riley Little chipped in 1 goal apiece for the Indians.
Despite the loss, Emily Stephenson made the gamut of saves, including catching a couple of lasers fired off by players including Josie Mallory. Stephenson racked up 21 saves on the evening.
“Emily was insane – Emily was unstoppable today,” Coach Camp said. “Emily did a fantastic job, I’m happy for her, I’m happy with her effort and the whole team’s effort.”
The previous week, Powhatan on May 3 celebrated the contributions of seniors Anna Grace Causey, Ashley Van Buskirk, Ellie Sullivan, Mary Kate Roberts, Nailah-Bena Chambers and Moriah Stanley – all of whom are Powhatan Girls Lacrosse’s first four-year varsity players. The Indians’ matchup with the Mustangs marked the seniors’ final regular season home game on Powhatan High School’s field.
“The seniors bring such an energy to our team and we’re going to miss them so much next year,” Coach Camp said. “They have great leadership, they’ve got great character – they’re just really awesome people and I’m proud of them.”
Powhatan (7-4) finishes out the regular season on the road at Albemarle on Tuesday, May 14 and at Clover Hill on Wednesday, May 15. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.
“I hope we can bring our level of play next week like we did this week to Albemarle,” Camp said, “because I think if we do, then we have a chance of winning.”