The Fayette County Lady Tigers lacrosse team continued to roll at home as they picked up two impressive victories over Ola and Stockbridge in a Tuesday night doubleheader.
The Tigers improved to 6-4 on the season and achieved their first winning season in three years of varsity play. They were led by strong performances by a trio of seniors—Trinity Brown, Alyssa Klinger, and Nyah Coulter. Each athlete has kept the Tigers afloat in the 1A-5A Area 4 girls’ lacrosse standings.
On Tuesday night, the seniors wrote the final chapter of their career on their home field. Brown took over game one and led Fayette to a 17-15 win over Ola. She had 10 goals on 14 shots and added an interception to her phenomenal night. Klinger also added 3 goals and had 4 takeaways.
In addition to Brown and Klinger’s dynamic scoring, Coulter added a goal, an assist, and a takeaway. India Martin, Chinedu Ogadi, and Caitlin Powell each scored a goal as well. Goalie Elizabeth Marmo added 17 saves.
Assistant coach Sammie McCaskill was proud of the team’s effort in the victories.
“This season, our players have grown tremendously in both their personal skills and their ability to work as a team,” McCaskill said. “We have seen them make the transition from playing as individuals who understand the fundamentals of lacrosse to a true, unified varsity team over the course of this season.”
In game two, it was Klinger and Brown that lead the team with 3 goals apiece against Stockbridge. Klinger also added 4 assists and 4 takeaways in the game. The duo’s effort placed them first and second respectively in goals scored in Area 4.
The Tigers also got several goals from a host of other players. Taylor Coles scored 2 goals, and Jocelyn Arnold, Marissa Brooks, Olivia Ries, Destiny Gray, Ogadi, and Coulter each scored one goal in the 14-1 win over Stockbridge.
The senior class has helped transform the program. Coulter, Klinger, Powell, and Arnold have played all four years on the team. Brown and Destiny Gray have played three and two years on varsity respectively.
“A great deal of this growth is due to the servant leadership provided by our senior players,” McCaskill said. “Four of them were a part of our founding season learning this sport from scratch, and, in some cases, how to be a part of a high school team from scratch as well.”
All six seniors are honors graduates and will be attending college with Coulter (Oglethorpe University), Brown (Cumberland University), Klinger (Reinhardt University) and Arnold (Notre Dame College in Ohio) playing collegiately.
“During this short time, Coach McCaskill and I have been fortunate enough to have a part helping these young ladies grow from inexperienced athletes into team leaders,” Fayette head coach Chris McCord said.
Fayette will have a couple more games with the senior class. McCord believes the team will be in great shape thanks in part to the experience the young players got from the senior class.
“Seeing this senior class graduate is most assuredly bittersweet. Their leadership, skill, and effervescent personalities will be missed,” McCord said. “This is tempered by our excitement for these young ladies to experience the next chapter in their lives. These amazing young student athletes have prepared a foundation for the future generations of Tiger Lacrosse.”
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