Etowah leads lacrosse field
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Creekview’s Maria Knott, right, looks to pass against Cherokee’s JoJo Berkson in a meeting between two of the county’s newest lacrosse programs.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Creekview’s Maria Knott, right, looks to pass against Cherokee’s JoJo Berkson in a meeting between two of the county’s newest lacrosse programs.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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Not surprisingly, Etowah has emerged as the team to beat in the county for girls lacrosse.

The Lady Eagles are one of the few veteran teams among the five schools now offering the sport. Sequoyah is the only school in Cherokee County that doesn’t offer either boys or girls lacrosse.

Cherokee, Creekview and River Ridge are offering the sport for the first time this spring, while Woodstock — like its Towne Lake neighbor — is in its ninth season.

Etowah is the only one of the programs guaranteed to finish with a winning record.

The Lady Eagles (11-4) have regular-season games against Creekview, Milton and River Ridge remaining. According to coach Gil Strougo, they will likely set a new mark for the most wins in the season. Their best season to date was in 2011, when they finished 12-5-1.

Etowah also has a chance of reaching the state playoffs, and a win over perennial powerhouse Milton would certainly increase that chance.

The Eagles played a couple of close games earlier this week, beating Kennesaw Mountain and Lovett by one-goal margins. According to Strougo, goalkeeper Caylin Roszina was a key part of both victories, while Victoria Stairs and Catherine Prabhu provided the bulk of the offense.

Woodstock is on its third coach in five seasons. After winning a program-best 11 games under Michael Yeager in 2009, the Lady Wolverines have slipped. The team went 8-7 in 2010, but hasn’t finished above .500 since.

Woodstock (2-5) is scheduled to face Lambert, Wheeler, Cherokee, McIntosh and Walton before the end of the season. The Lady Wolverines would have to win four of the five games to buck the losing trend, but that scenario isn’t likely as Walton and McIntosh are a combined 14-3 on the season.

Jaclyn Chiesa, Maddie Stone and Claudia Harrison continue to be the drive force for the offense.

Cherokee (3-5-1) opened the season with four straight losses, but the Lady Warriors have been making some improvements since then.

A 15-5 victory over River Ridge in early March proved to be the turning point. Since then, the Lady Warriors have tied Forsyth Central, fallen to Lassiter and beat North Cobb and Creekview.

Still ahead are Walton, a rematch with Forsyth Central, Roswell and Woodstock. Of those four teams, only Walton poses a considerable challenge as the Lady Raiders are regarded as one of the top programs in the state.

Creekview (2-7) defeated fellow upstart River Ridge and Forsyth Central for its two victories. The Lady Grizzlies have four games remaining, but Kell and West Forsyth — two highly regarded programs — are among them. The Lady Grizzlies also face Southwest Dekalb, Riverwood and Etowah.

River Ridge (1-6) opened the season with a 17-12 victory over Forsyth Central, but it’s been downhill since. A 12-11 loss to Darlington was the closest the Lady Knights have come to another win.

River Ridge is only halfway through the season. Still left on the schedule are Hillgrove, Allatoona, Southwest Dekalb, Etowah, Pace Academy, Westminster and M.L. King. Of those schools, only Etowah and Westminster are having solid seasons.
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