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All-County Girls Lacrosse: Peterson keeps family tradition alive

June 15, 2012|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com
  • Player of the Year: Leah Peterson, North Hagerstown
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

A change of scenery didn’t change the production for Leah Peterson in 2012.

The sophomore midfielder — along with her twin sister, Kayla — transferred from Saint James School to North Hagerstown High at the start of the school year, a move that proved to be a boon for the Hubs’ girls lacrosse program.

Leah improved on her freshman numbers at Saint James — when she scored 47 goals — by recording 72 goals and 18 assists in helping lead the Hubs to the MVAL Antietam Conference title and a 10-win season.

Leah Peterson is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

“It was a definitely a change going to North, but I was really comfortable with it,” Leah said. “I had played with some of the girls in club and youth leagues and I loved playing for Coach (Katie) Eck. Everything really clicked and we had a really good season.”

“Leah is an unbelievably dynamic player,” Eck said. “She sees the field really well and has such great knowledge and skills.”

Really good lacrosse seasons have become the norm for Leah and the rest of the Peterson family. Her mother was instrumental in starting the Hagerstown Area Youth Lacrosse Association. Older sister Courtney was The Herald-Mail Player of the Year two seasons ago and older brother Jamie was an All-County first-team selection last year.

Now, Leah and Kayla have taken the reins.

“It’s something we’ve always loved. It really has become sort of a family tradition,” Leah said.

She said there is very little of the sort of sibling rivalry with Kayla that one might expect from twins playing on the same athletic team.

“We motivate each other and we try not to compete with one another,” Leah said. “We’ve always worked well together and we sort of balance each other out.”

Eck said there was some competition between the two in practices when she would deliberately split up the sisters and make one play against the other.

“You could see that competition a little bit then, but it always more them trying to lead their team to win,” Eck said. “That kind of competition is good and it helped strengthen the team.”

Joining Leah Peterson on the All-County First Team:

Margaret Bacon, Saint James: Senior attack led Saints in goals and ground balls.

Taylor Cline, Smithsburg: Last year’s Player of the Year led the Leopards in scoring in a rebuilding season.

Madison Fahey, Saint James: Sophomore midfielder had 54 goals and 32 assists.

Jean Hogan, St. Maria Goretti: Senior attack was second on the Gaels with 15 goals.

Hannah Itell, Saint James: Senior defender was an IPSL first-team pick.

Tia Kline, North Hagerstown: Senior second-team All-MVAL Antietam pick had 20 forced turnovers.

Emma Moss, North Hagerstown: Sophomore goalkeeper has solidified the Hubs’ defense. Had 141 saves this season.

Maddie Palkovitz, North Hagerstown: Junior All-MVAL Antietam first-team pick was third on the Hubs in scoring with 28 goals.

Kayla Peterson, North Hagerstown: Sophomore midfielder trailed only her twin sister with 46 goals for the Hubs. Led the team with 26 assists.

Savannah Plemmons, North Hagerstown: One of the Hubs’ standout freshmen teamed with Moss and Kline to shutdown opponents. Had 14 forced turnovers.

Tori Poffenberger, Boonsboro: Senior midfielder had team highs of 36 goals and 12 assists.

Jessica Swarner, St. Maria Goretti: Junior midfielder led the Gaels with 34 goals.

Honorable Mention
Boonsboro: Alex Green, Maeve Windsor, Claudia Jenkins, Courtney Ridenour, Natalie Young, Samantha Smith, Cecea Kline.
North Hagerstown: Anna Compton, Samantha Culp.
Saint James: Lena Tilsworth, Kate Sweeney.
St. Maria Goretti: Nicole Brennan, Courtney Dorsey, Sydney Quantock, Denise Wells.
Smithsburg: Dominique DiLandro, Sydney Smith, Emily Seward, Madison Duvall, Sarah Thompson, Emma Gerhold.
South Hagerstown: Heather Callahan, Jenny Harman.

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