After losing two seniors to injury before the season started, the Caesar Rodney girls lacrosse team had every reason to give up on themselves. But that just wasn’t their style.
The rest of the seniors stepped up, including senior midfielders Madeline Voshell, Taylor Prillaman, and Miranda Hawkins, and the Riders finished the season with a 10-5 record, barely missing out on a berth in the state tournament, but still earning our “Team of the Year” honors.
“We weren’t sure where we were going to come out,” said third-year coach Caty Beron. “They had a tremendous season in what they were able to accomplish.”
Thanks to what Coach Beron described as “strong leadership skills and an ability to make things happen,” her seniors were able to lead the team throughout the season.
“I had some adjusting to do,” said Prillaman, who switched from attacker to midfielder this season. “But as a team, we definitely gained more confidence and our attack was stronger.”
According to Coach Beron, the biggest improvement she saw in her team was their ability to play as a team – both on and off the field.
“Our team went through so much this year,” said senior attacker Lynzi Yearick. “But it all made us stronger in the end. We all had to step up. Not only to make it a special year on the field, but to be there for one another off it as well.”
The team put in extra training sessions during the summer to help develop that team camaraderie, especially in a defense that featured all first-year starters.
“This past year the practices were different; a good different,” Prillaman said. “We were able to joke around as a team, but still get the work done.”
Despite an impressive 10-5 record, the Riders were unable to earn one of the six available spots for the state tournament.
“We want our players to have the confidence that comes with playing in the [state] tournament,” Beron said. “They know how hard it is to make the tournament.”