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All-Area girls lacrosse: Savvy skill set

Cape Fear Academy’s Anna Corcoran is the StarNews girls lacrosse player of the year. (Photo by Photo by Photo by Chris Conway)

Anna Corcoranhas been playing lacrosse since she was nine years old. That experience came to fruition during her senior season with Cape Fear Academy, which ends with her being named StarNews All-Area Player of the Year.

"I actually lived in New Jersey for seven years before, and so I started in fourth grade," Corcoran said. "I started playing there where it was really, really big until I moved down here where it was a developing program."

CFA coach Karen Federico said Corcoran was the driving force in the team huddle and on the field, finishing the season with 89 goals and 26 assists.

"She was definitely the leader on the field this season," Federico said. "She's fast. She has great footwork. She is also great at distributing the ball, keeping the ball moving, calling the plays. She really was our playmaker in the attack."

Despite garnering much of the attention offensively, Federico said Corcoran was always encouraging to get teammates involved.

"I wanted to make sure it wasn't just one person ruling the field," Corcoran said. "It was a team effort, and even if we lost, we still kept our heads up. Definitely, we never gave up during a game that was for sure."

One of the most exciting moments for Corcoran this season was in CFA's first game against Ashley. The Hurricanes had little success in the past vs. the Screaming Eagles. A few players were missing that day, and CFA was down the entire game.

But Corcoran helped the team rally, scoring 10 goals in an 18-17 victory.

"It was just really nice to win by one, and we were on our turf and we really worked together as a team," she said. "We've never really beaten Ashley before so it was nice just all of us working together and finally beating Ashley. It was awesome."

Corcoran will attend the College of Charleston in the fall, and although she might be undecided in what she wants to major in, she said she definitely hopes C of C has a club lacrosse team.

As to being named all-area athlete, Corcoran said she cannot take all the credit.

"It's a great honor," she said. "But definitely my three coaches brought out the best in me this season, so I think they deserve this more than I do."

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All-Area Girls Lacrosse

F Anna Corcoran, Sr., Cape Fear Academy (Player of the Year): 89 goals and 26 for NCISAA All-State selection

F Peyton LeCompte, Jr., Ashley: 85 goals and 31 assists to lead Ashley. Also had .773 shooting percentage.

F Ali Valinski, Sr., Hoggard: 50 goals, 17 assists to lead Hoggard in both categories. Player of the year in Mideastern Conference.

M Julia Buehler, So., Hoggard: 38 goals and six assists, led Hoggard with a .633 shooting percentage.

M Molly Lewis, Jr., Laney: 54 goals and 36 assists to lead Laney, most prolific scorer in school history.

M Jianella Rincon, Sr., New Hanover: First-team All-Conference in MEC, one opposing coach called her most dominating player in the area.

D Felecity Havens, Jr., Ashley: 13 takeaways, 12 goals and 8 assists for Ashley.

D Olivia Tucker, Sr., Cape Fear Academy: Primary defender for Cape Fear Academy. Coach Karen Federico called her the “backbone” of CFA defense.

D Ashley Willoughby, Jr., Hoggard: Led the Viking defense with 13 takeaways, and scored one goal.

K Caroline Marapese, Fr., Cape Fear Academy: 124 saves in her second year playing goalie.

Honorable Mention

Ashley: Heather Talton, Penka Heusinkveld, Amie Efting. Cape Fear Academy: Juliet Taylor, Adelyn Masey, Susanna Jenkins. Hoggard: Miranda Thomas, McKenzie Schmidt, Taylar Herman. Laney: Breda Lewis, Hayley Meier. Topsail: Dayna Rogers.


Mideastern Conference

Player of the Year: Ali Valinski, Hoggard. Coach of the Year: Erin Redmond, Hoggard. Sportsmanship: Hoggard

FIRST TEAM: Ashley–Maddie Antor, Felecity Havens, Peyton LeCompte, Heather Talton. Hoggard–Julia Buehler, MacKenzie Schmidt, Miranda Thomas, Ali Valinski. Jacksonville–Reina Kinnaly. Laney–Mindy Chu, Molly Lewis, Hayley Meier. New Bern–Savannah Bunn, Emily Smith. New Hanover–Campbell Cooper, Jianela Rincon. Rose–Sofi Van Coutren.Topsail–Lily McFadden, Dayne Rogers,

Jean Zsadanyi.

SECOND TEAM: Ashley–Penka Heusinkveld, Natalie Kasdan. Hoggard–Marley Catlett, Kristin Flynn, Ashlee Willoughby. Jacksonville–Zoe Hurtado. Laney–Breda Lewis, Victoria Tronzo. New Bern–Kjersti Solter. New Hanover–Lesley Bey. Rose–Maggie White. Topsail–Olivia McKoy, Sidney Tompkins.

Note: All-Area teams are selected by StarNews staff after receiving nominations from coaches. All area coaches were allowed to nominate players from their own team, as well as others across the area.