The PHS girls lacrosse team is opening up its season facing some significant changes. With new coach Sarah Doran coming in, co-captains Gwen Koehler ’17 and Georgia McLean ’17 are looking forward to taking on a leading role.
“I want to make sure that I am a good leader, leading through example and making sure that the team is working well as a unit,” Koehler said.
Koehler is a three-year starting defender on the varsity team ). McLean, a four-year starting midfielder, has scored 60 goals, tallied 30 assists, and recorded 173 ground balls throughout her career at PHS. Both co-captains have been competing on the PHS team since their freshmen year and started to play in elementary school.
As a result of having a different coach, the captains are focusing on making the team stronger overall, both on and off the field. In addition to making the most out of practice, the captains really want to stress team bonding in order to unify the team.
“We definitely need to have a strong team, [make sure] that we are focused during practice and make sure [that] we are playing to our best abilities and practice as we play … [team bonding] will help us have more successful games and have a greater winning record,” Koehler said.
The girls lacrosse team ended its 2016 season with a record of 10–8 and made it to the quarterfinal round of the Mercer County Tournament, falling to Allentown 10–6. In addition, the team got seeded 6th in the South, Group 4 state tournament, falling to Rancocas Valley in the quarterfinals with a score of 10–9.