story by Josh Imholte and Anna Maria Gardiner

Although heartbroken from their loss against Bishop England for the next round in the South Carolina Girl’s  Lacrosse Championship Tournament, the members of the Dutch Fork Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse team held their heads high as they stepped off the bus, greeted by parents and loyal fans.

Emotions also ran high as the team realized their season was over. But an even bigger epiphany became clear as the seniors on the team realized that this was the last time they would play in Dutch Fork colors.

“It’s sad to be leaving the team and the girls I’ve been playing with all of high school,” senior attacker Emily Peak said, “But it’s great to see the sport growing so much from our first district team and I’m sure it’s only going to get bigger.”

Ranked number 26 in the state and number five in their conference, the Dutch Fork Varsity Girl’s Lacrosse team still stands a force to reckon with even after their crushing loss to the number one seed in South Carolina, Bishop England, in the first round of the championship tournament with a final score of 18-0.

“We were pinned up against the team that was supposed to win the whole thing [playoff tournament] so it was an experience to see how good we should be compared to where we are.” junior defender Alecia Koch said.

Dutch Fork fought a hard battle in their regular season, winning four of their six conference games, but ended their season with a final record of 5-9. Despite the loss to Bishop England and a majority younger team than in the past, the seasoned players say that those obstacles were a minor setback compared to the accomplishments the team has made this season.

“Even though we lost the Bishop England game, it still felt like an accomplishment to have gotten the opportunity to go to lower state playoffs. We played our hardest, and as a team. It’s also a great experience to play such a good team.” Emily said.

Regardless of the accomplishments that the team had this year, the returning players say that the team still has a long way to make next season just as successful. Not only must changes and enhancements be made on the field, but the chemistry and flow of the team must be strengthened after the loss of the seniors.

“We need to work on settling the ball instead of just going ballistic when we actually get it,” Alecia said, ”Our coach is great and our team is great. Its just a matter of us working together as team on the field.”