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Southwest Wake Athletic all-conference girls lacrosse team

Wakefield's Haley Cissel (13) attempts to catch Apex's Mia Castagnero (10) during a girls lacrosse game played on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Cougars won 15-13.
Wakefield's Haley Cissel (13) attempts to catch Apex's Mia Castagnero (10) during a girls lacrosse game played on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. The Cougars won 15-13. newsobserver.com

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.

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SWAC all-conference

Player of the year: Mia Castagnero, senior, Apex

Coach of the year: Mike Bagnasco, Apex

First team

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

Second Team

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

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