For the second time in her career, Apex’s Mia Castagnero was voted girls lacrosse conference player of the year. Castagnero, a senior, also won the honor as a sophomore.
The Richmond recruit helped lead Apex (13-3, 11-0 – the team did not play 12 conference games) to the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference – or Conference 3 as it is referred to by the NCHSAA’s numbered lacrosse conference system – championship.
The Cougars also had the coach of the year in Mike Bagnasco.
Joining Castagnero (64 goals, 30 assists) on the first team were Meredith Chapman (50 goals, 44 assists), Abbey Flynn (37 goals, 14 assists) and Kristen Maselli (33 goals, 10 assists). Graci Fulkerson (32 goals, 18 assists), Tess Meurling and Sarah Arbes made the second team.
Middle Creek (10-4, 9-2), which took runner-up in the SWAC, placed Holly Hite (54 goals, 17 assists) and Sam Caputo (36 goals, 23 assists) on the first team while Maddy Boudreau (27 goals, 18 assists), Maddie Dahlgren and Haley Whitfield were on the second team.
Green Hope (8-6, 8-4) had Lilly Stanley, Quincy Smith and Kelly Hagan on the first team while Allie Winiecki and Maddie McKinley were on the second team.
Athens Drive (9-6, 7-5) was led by senior Madeline Bromley, who had the most goals in theTriangle with 102 (16 assists). Kieran Garvey (15 goals, 20 assists) and Erin Kenedy (35 goals, 10 assists) also found spots on the first team.
Panther Creek (5-8, 4-8) had one selection, Sarah Oechslin (20 goals, 18 assists).
Holly Springs (2-11, 1-11) placed three players on the second team: Brianna Petrusa, Rachel Anderson and Jenna Wilson.
Pinecrest (2-12, 1-11), which is only a SWAC member in lacrosse, had goalie Megan Gagnon on the first team while Jennifer Woods and Olivia Brock were on the second team.
Hite and Bromley are the league’s only two four-time all-conference player.
Castagnero, Stanley and Oechslin graduate as three-time all-SWAC members. Garvey, Flynn, Hagan, Smith, Caputo and Boudrea all made the team for the second time.
Player of the year: Mia Castagnero, senior, Apex
Coach of the year: Mike Bagnasco, Apex
Mia Castagnero, senior, Apex
Meredith Chapman, senior, Apex
Abbey Flynn, senior, Apex
Kristen Maselli, junior, Apex
Madeline Bromley, senior, Athens Drive
Kieran Garvey, senior, Athens Drive
Erin Kenedy, junior, Athens Drive
Lilly Stanley, senior, Green Hope
Quincy Smith, junior, Green Hope
Kelly Hagan, senior, Green Hope
Holly Hite, senior, Middle Creek
Sam Caputo, sophomore, Middle Creek
Sarah Oechslin, senior, Panther Creek
Meagan Gagnon, junior, Pinecrest
Graci Fulkerson, sophomore, Apex
Sarah Arbes, senior, Apex
Tess Meurling, freshman, Apex
Allie Winiecki, junior, Green Hope
Maddie McKinley, junior, Green Hope
Brianna Petrusa, sophomore, Holly Springs
Rachel Anderson, junior, Holly Springs
Jenna Wilson, junior, Holly Springs
Maddy Boudreau, junior, Middle Creek
Haley Whitfield, junior, Middle Creek
Maddie Dahlgren, sophomore, Middle Creek
Jennifer Woods, junior, Pinecrest
Olivia Brock, junior, Pinecrest