The Sussex Academy girls’ lacrosse team proved ready to run with the big dogs of Delaware high school lacrosse by grinding out an emphatic 13-8 victory over visiting Archmere March 29. The victory included 3-goal hat tricks from Madison Leeper, Annabella Guckes and Macy Steinwedel, and single goals from Quinn Nutter, Else Leebel, Madison Burke and Addy Leonhartt.
Guckes (3), Burke and Nutter provided assists in the game.
The Auks were paced by Bridget McGonigle 3, Alex Harrington 3, Olivia Macmillan and Sara Denning.
Junior goalie Peyton Hagy had 13 saves for the Seahawks.
Seahawks second-year coach Taylor Gooch was known for her frantic end-to-end speed when she played on four state championship teams for PJ Kesmodel at Cape Henlopen, then coach Bonnie Rosen of Temple University. Both Kesmodel and Rosen have a quiet and relaxed demeanor on the game-day sidelines, and that is reflected in Gooch, who lets the ponies run during the game.
“Players love Taylor as their coach,” said assistant coach Kim Raschdorf. “There is an emphasis on fitness and fundamentals like throwing and catching and sharing the ball. Just the game-day confidence that comes from our practices.”
The Seahawks also have athletes; they are not hiding people. The varsity roster has 26 players, and there are another 20 on the JV team. A few swing players slide back and forth. Three eighth-graders, Macy Steinwedel, Shelby Manlove and Quinn Nutter, start for the varsity.
Sussex Academy started the season with a 17-4 win at Polytech and will travel April 14 to face Brandywine, which lost to Caesar Rodney 16-2.
The season just started, and already the Seahawks have started to shake it up, baby. With an open state tournament at the end of the season and the easing of spectator restrictions, the games, day or nighttime, promise to be electric.