Porter Gaud girls' lacrosse team wins SCISA state title
The Porter Gaud girls’ lacrosse program, just two years old, closed out the season last month by winning its first ever SCISA state title. The girls battled hard to avenge last season’s losses to Ashley Hall – beating them three times this season. The team was captained by Ashton Kennington, Leslie Wade, and Daniel Island resident Anna Grace Greenho.
Last year, the program started from scratch and literally took athletes who had played volleyball, basketball, track, and cheerleading and turned them into lacrosse players.
Those efforts produced results. The team was 5-7 in 2016, and turned that around to a 9-3 record for the 2017 season.
It took lots of hard work and training, but by the end of the season the team was clicking. First year goalie Caroline Linkous was a big addition to the team as the former volleyball setter and track athlete morphed into a respectable goalie, making some incredible saves. Anna Grace Greenho anchored the defense and sophomore Becky Van Kirk led the team in goals and was an All-State selection for 2017.
The team was coached this year by first year coach Becky Williams and second year coach Samantha Fisk. Also in the coaching ranks was junior student Toby Cramer – a member of the boys’ lacrosse team who was unable to play due to a concussion protocol. He became a very valuable assistant coach to the team and helped lead them to the title.
Two other Daniel Island residents are also on the Porter Gaud girls’ lacrosse team - Jaime Frey and Karlee Propes.