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Girls lacrosse: 2012 All-County team
Twenty athletes selected from 4 schools
Members of the 2012 All-County girls lacrosse team. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Forsyth County’s lacrosse coaches put their heads together and selected 20 athletes to the 2012 All-County girls team.

South Forsyth led the All-County team with six players, while Lambert and West had five apiece and North earned four spots.

South and Lambert reached the Class AAAA-A state playoffs after both schools enjoyed a successful regular season.

West Forsyth:

Dakota Duchaine, Jr., D — (31 ground balls)

Team captain, named All-State Honorable Mention

Head coach Dan Kaplan: "Best one-on-one defender. Dakota’s knowledge of the game allowed her to be the leader of the defensive unit."

Carly Haraka, Sr., GK — (125 saves, .428 save percentage)

Team captain and four year varsity starter

Kaplan: "Carly has been the varsity starting goalie since her freshman season and was the unquestioned leader of our team this past year."

Haley Hess, Jr., MF — (28 goals, 12 assists, 34 ground balls)

Kaplan: "Haley is a vital part of our offensive and defensive schemes. She also led our team in draw controls and caused turnovers."

Laura Sheffield, Jr., AT — (25 goals, 32 assists, 27 ground balls)

Kaplan: "Laura is the quarterback of our offense as she gets us into certain set plays as well as initiating much of our transition game."

Hannah Supik, Jr., AT — (40 goals, 14 assists, 22 ground balls)

Kaplan: "Hannah is a tremendous scorer around the crease with an incredible shooting percentage of 58 percent."


Grace Sisserson, Jr., D — (33 ground balls, forced 28 turnovers, 4 goals)

Named All-American Honorable Mention, Academic All-American and All-State First Team

Head coach Kate Sedgwick: "Grace is an absolute powerhouse. She was the key component on defense. She is a solid athlete."

Emma Harrison, Jr., AT — (46 goals, 20 assists, 12 draw controls)

Named All-State Second Team and team captain

Sedgwick: "Emma is a very strong leader. She was the strongest on attack this season and is a great leader."

Deena Kasmarik, Jr., MF — (15 goals, 7 assists, 37 ground balls, 36 draw controls)

Named All-State Second Team

Sedgwick: "Deena was very successful on the field. She excelled with her stick skills after moving from goal keeper. She is a great athlete."

Anna Lummus, Jr., D — (2 goals, 29 ground balls, 32 turnovers)

Named All-State Honorable Mention

Sedgwick: "Anna is a strong defender. She was our most vocal leader on defense with communicating to the midfielders on where to go. All of the young girls look up to her."

Madi Foster, Sr., MF/AT — (35 goals, 2 assists, 19 ground balls, 29 draw controls)

Team captain

Sedgwick: "Madi is a great all-around girl. The team respected her. She had a very competitive edge and was a good athlete."

South Forsyth:

Natalie Howard, Jr., AT — (90 Goals, 12 assists, 23 ground balls)

Head coach Katie Richelt: "Natalie led the team in goals and assists this season. On top of being the Forsyth Cup’s MVP, Natalie was a team captain and true leader on South’s team."

Hannah Merlo, Sr., GK — (162 saves, .49 save percentage)

Richelt: "Our goalie made numerous saves and had an excellent clear to the fifty yard line. Saving half of our goals, Hannah was a key to our success."

MacKenzie Heber, So., C — (43 goals, 12 assists, 23 ground balls)

Richelt: "MacKenzie played a key role in our offense and defense. MacKenzie was our second leading goal scorer this season."

Hailey Merlo, So., D — (1 goal, 1 assist, 8 ground balls)

Richelt: "Hailey helped run our defense, often guarding the opponent’s best player. Hailey did a great job sliding to help her teammates on defense."

Sydnee Wisler, Sr., D — (14 goals, 2 assists, 24 ground balls)

Richelt: "Sydnee ran and organized our defense. Sydnee also made great contributions on offense and led the team in takeaways. "

Keri Porter, So., MF — (19 goals, 2 assists, 28 ground balls)

Richelt: "Keri led the team in ground balls this season. Keri is a key midfielder that always gives 100 percent on the field."

North Forsyth:

Savannah Gratz, Sr., C — (14 goals)

Team co-captain

Head coach Jill Short: "Although her season was cut short by a torn ACL suffered in North’s game against Milton, Savannah led the team in hustle every time she stepped on the field."

Megan Nicoletti. Jr., AT — (31 goals)

Short: "Megan scored the highest number of goals for the North team. She improved her team play with an almost equal number of assists. Megan plays with intensity and a passion for the sport."

Samantha Pankow, Jr., MF/AT — (26 goals)

Team co-captain

Short: "Despite re-injuring her foot, which sidelined her for a few games midseason, Sam helped to set up most of North’s offensive scoring drives."

Jenna Zirlott, So., D/MF — (11 goals)

Short: "Jenna’s speed and determination to protect the goal were the perfect combination for the defensive end."