FORT MILL — The Fort Mill girls’ lacrosse team tore through Clover for an 18-3 win to start the 2014 season.
After ending last season against JL Mann in the playoff, the Lady Jackets used the off season to get ready for opening day.
“I have confidence in my team and I know they can do the work we have been preparing over the last month to do,” said new coach Emily Tobin. “There are some things we need to work on, but we have great chemistry and great leadership on the team and that isn’t something you can teach. We have to iron out some of the details and we will be good to go.”
Seniors Kirsten Terry and Claire Frase lead the team. Terry had five goals and Frase had three.
The Lady Jackets dominated in the first half, taking a 13-0 lead at the break, but Clover played better in the second half despite being outscored 5-3.
Frase opened the scoring about two minutes into action and sophomore Maddie Anderson added her first of two goals in the game 18 seconds later. Frase scored again scored two minutes after that and Terry got into the action as well about 90 seconds later to put the Lady Jackets up 4-0.
From there, Terry and Frase scored the next four goals for Fort Mill. Anderson added her second goal with just less than eight minutes left in the half before some of the younger players got involved.
Sophomore Erica Powell and freshmen Amanda Brown and Amanda Lathan all added goals in the first half.
Tobin said the younger players will help determine how far this team goes this season.
“We graduated eight seniors and this year we have the majority of freshmen and about five seniors,” she said. “This year is a rebuilding year, but it will make us better in the next four years with all these young girls.”
Clover struck first in the second half scoring 44 seconds after the start, and the Lady Blue Eagles scored two of the next three goals to open things up.
Brown added her second goal of the game, while fellow freshman Elizabeth Lathan scored her first goal around the 20 minute mark.
Fort Mill rounded out the scoring and the game as Frase and Powell added one more goal each and senior Maegan Hobbs tacked on one of her own.
Fort Mill also held on to beat Providence Day on the road 16-12 later in the week. Terry and Frase scored six goals each and Anderson and April Tankersley each had two goalsfor Fort Mill.
The Lady Jackets hit the road for the next three games and plays at home March 14.