Editorâ??s note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will recognize an â??Athlete of the Weekâ? from one of the sports. This week we are featuring girls lacrosse. At the end of the year, the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as â??Athlete of the Yearâ? at their respective schools.
One of the many benefits of having an experienced and talented team is poise.
Last Monday, the Eastern View girls lacrosse team earned a quality 22-8 road victory against Liberty in Conference 22 action. After a brief scare early from the home team, the Cyclones looked dominant on offense and defense for the remainder of the game.
Eastern View quickly solved Libertyâ??s defense, leading to plenty of scoring opportunities. Three factors appeared to power the Cyclones, a plethora of scorers, dominance on face-offs and possession.
The Cyclones (5-2 overall, 2-0 conference) utilized the talents of senior midfielder Kara Peters, who according to teammates and coaches had a height advantage that helped to turn the tide.
Peters powered a potent Cyclones attack on Libertyâ??s goal.
â??I won all my face-offs and we had lots of assists as a team. I also scored three goals,â? said Peters. â??We have lots of great players so opponents never know who weâ??re setting up to score. Anyone on our team can take the ball down the field and score.â?
Leading scorers included Jenny Bosserman with six goals—along with four hat-tricks from Peters, Lizzie Sabio, Carlynn Walker and Jacqueline Barklund respectively.
â??Iâ??m pretty fast and I think we set up our scoring opportunities well against Liberty,â? said Peters. â??I play offense and defense, so I do a lot of running,â?
Peters is a two-sport athlete. She plays varsity field hockey in the fall and maintains straight As in the classroom. Teammates, coaches and teachers are quick to praise her intelligence, athleticism and leadership.
â??When it comes to my teammates—weâ??re all extremely close,â? explained Peters. â??We pride ourselves on our desire to never give up. If you give up youâ??re giving up on your team and Iâ??d never do that.â?
The Cyclones resemble a family on and off the field. They regularly meet for circle-time where they point out each otherâ??s strengths and work on improving each otherâ??s game. The team also meets for Sunday dinners hosted by one of its players each week.
Peters is very close with her siblings and family. Family life often resembles a team dynamic.
â??My mom and I are very close,â? said Peters. â??I also have two older brothers, plus a younger brother and a sister.â?
Peters is also quick to praise her coaches in lacrosse and in field hockey.
â??Coaches Peggy Allen, Liz Schumacher, Anne Richardson and Nicole Woodworth are the best,â? said Peters. â??I love all my coaches in both sports.â?
Outside of sports and the classroom, Peters enjoys the outdoors and building friendships.
â??I love to go fishing and hang out with my friends,â? added Peters. â??More specifically I like to catch bass in my pond.â?
Academically, Peters has a wide range of interests.
â??I like history,â? she said. â??I especially like relating history to current events like what is happening in Baltimore. The discussions on current events are so interesting. As for college Iâ??m going to attend community college for my first two years.â?
The Cyclones have a busy schedule this week with games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Marshall Conner is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.