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All-County Girls Lacrosse: (Twin) sister act helps Hubs

June 12, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown junior Leah Peterson is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

It’s close to impossible to discuss the prodigious lacrosse skills of North Hagerstown junior Leah Peterson — now a two-time Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year winner — without including equally talented twin sister Kayla in nearly every sentence.

The Petersons are a combo package — much to the delight of Hubs coach Rob Compton and all their teammates.

“They just play awesome together,” Compton said of the twins, who have verbally committed to Vanderbilt University. “I don’t know whether it’s the twins thing or they both just have this incredible field sense. They give a nod, a wink, and the other one’s off to the races and they get the ball and the goal. Even under pressure, they were just outstanding.”

Once again, Leah’s overall numbers just beat out Kayla’s for player of the year honors.

Leah led the county in goals per game (6.00) and points per game (8.46), was second in total goals (78) and total points (110), and finished third in total assists (32) and assists per game (2.46). Leah also averaged 5.38 draw controls, 4.08 ground balls and 1.54 forced turnovers per game.

Kayla led the county in total assists (36), assists per game (2.57) and turnovers forced (33, 2.36 per game). She finished third in total goals (68), goals per game (4.86), total points (104) and points per game (7.43). She also averaged 3.50 draw controls and 3.29 ground balls per game.

“We started playing in second grade, and ever since, we’ve kind of developed together athletically,” Leah said. “No matter what sport we’re playing, we’re pretty competitive with each other, but it’s not a mean competitive, it’s with a good spirit and we try to lift each other up. I know I wouldn’t be the lacrosse player I am without her.”

Even with all the goals the twins produce, it may be their passing ability that stands out most — especially when passing to each other, with both knowing how to make cuts to the goal to get open.

“Kayla and I always know where each other are on the field,” Leah said. “It’s always amazing when I throw a pass to her left-hand side, how she can adjust and catch it. It’s like, ‘Wow, you made me look good on that one!’”

The twins have helped elevate the play of their teammates, as the Hubs have become one of the area’s top teams over the past two seasons, with a 22-5 record in that span.

“If you look at the evolution of Anna (Compton) and Maddie (Palkovitz), their game has been elevated by the Petersons,” Rob Compton said. “They were both playing club ball, and they were able to take that experience, along with the Petersons, and bring up everybody’s game. The four of them make a great package.”

“We try not to make it focused only on us, we try to build up other players and we don’t focus on each other,” Leah said. “We just take our skills and try to incorporate them into other aspects of practice and help other people. ... Everyone on the team has improved so much.”

Leah’s season ended with a tough blow. She hurt her right knee early in a Class 3A West quarterfinal victory over Rockville, missed the semifinal loss to Century, then recently found out she suffered a torn ACL. She had surgery last week and hopes to be fully recovered for her senior season.

The Peterson twins are joined on the All-County First Team by:

Anna Compton, North Hagerstown

Senior playmaker, who played both attack and midfield, finished second to Kayla Peterson in the county in both total assists (35) and assists per game (2.50). She also scored 22 goals (1.57 per game) and averaged 2.86 ground balls, 2.36 draw controls and 1.50 turnovers forced per game.

Dominique DiLandro, Smithsburg

Senior midfielder scored 41 goals (3.42 per game) and averaged 6.30 draw controls, 5.40 ground balls and 1.80 forced turnovers per game.

Madison Duvall, Smithsburg

Sophomore midfielder scored 19 goals (1.73 per game) and averaged 2.60 ground balls and 1.10 draw controls per game.

Madison Fahey, Saint James

Junior midfielder led the county in total goals (89) and total points (124), was second in goals per game (5.56) and points per game (7.75), tied for second with 35 total assists and was fourth in assists per game (2.19). Also averaged 2.63 ground balls and 1.38 draw controls per game.

Grace Fulton, Saint James

Sophomore midfielder scored 22 goals (1.38 per game) and averaged 4.75 ground balls and 2.56 draw controls per game.

Lily Funke, Boonsboro

Freshman, who played both attack and midfield, scored 19 goals (1.46 per game) and assisted on 11 others while averaging 3.62 ground balls, 2.31 draw controls and 1.46 forced turnovers per game.

Alex Green, Boonsboro

Senior attacker scored 24 goals (1.85 per game) and averaged 2.08 draw controls and 1.62 ground balls per game.

Claudia Jenkins, Boonsboro

Junior midfielder scored 24 goals (1.85 per game) and assisted on 10 others while averaging 3.69 ground balls, 2.38 draw controls and 1.54 turnovers forced per game.

Kerri Kline, Saint James

Junior midfielder scored 19 goals (1.19 per game) and assisted on 15 others while averaging 2.38 draw controls and 1.94 ground balls per game.

Emma Moss, North Hagerstown

Junior goalkeeper stopped 57.6 percent of opponents’ shots on goal — by far the best mark in the county — making 125 saves (8.93 per game) while allowing just 92 goals (6.57 per game).

Maddie Palkovitz, North Hagerstown

Senior midfielder scored 32 goals (2.29 per game) and assisted on 13 others for the Hubs.

Savannah Plemmons, North Hagerstown

Sophomore defender had her season cut short by a broken ankle, but still averaged 1.88 ground balls, 1.75 draw controls and 1.50 forced turnovers per game.

Jessica Swarner, St. Maria Goretti

Senior midfielder scored 39 goals (3.00 per game), assisted on 21 others (1.62 per game) and averaged 5.00 ground balls and 4.77 draw controls per game.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM
Kendall Bowen, So., D, North Hagerstown
Lisle Bruns, Sr., D, Saint James
Natalie Bye, So., D, North Hagerstown
Heather Callahan, Sr., M, South Hagerstown
Allison Cline, Fr., A, Smithsburg
Natalie Karlen, Fr., A, North Hagerstown
Ce’cea Kline, Sr., D, Boonsboro
Becca Murphy, Sr., D, Saint James
Claire Murray, Fr., A, St. Maria Goretti
Courtney Ridenour, Jr., A, Boonsboro
Kaitlyn Ridenour, Fr., M/D, Boonsboro
Emily Seward, Sr., A, Smithsburg
Sarah Thompson, Jr., M, Smithsburg
Emily Unger, Jr., D, North Hagerstown
Maeve Windsor, Jr., GK, Boonsboro

Honorable Mention
Boonsboro — Olivia Lohman, Kiana Miller, Natalie Young. North Hagerstown — Deanna Brunner, Adrienne Kramer. Saint James — Serenity Miller, Katherine Pennington, Sarah Treger. Smithsburg — Kristen Peake, Amanda Stevens. South Hagerstown — Michaela Brewer, Jennifer Harman. St. Maria Goretti — Kaitlyn Barnhart, Casey Carruso, Courtney Dorsey, Jenna Katrina, Maggie Murray.

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