Bishop England girls lacrosse coach Jeff Weiner likes to put his best athletes on defense.
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Honorable Mention: Jordan Mitchell, Bishop England; Christina Alexander, Wando; Maggierose Connell, Wando; Alyssa Smith, Wando; Karlee Stinson, Wando; Jessica Penniger, Bishop England; Erica Hoskins, Academic Magnet; Aaleeyha Brimmer, West Ashley.
"My philosophy," Weiner said, "is that it's a lot harder to stop a goal than it is to get one."
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That's why senior Caitlin Greenho was a natural to lead the Bishops' defense, helping Bishop England to a berth in the state finals in 2013 and to the Lower State finals this season. One of only five players in the state to be named All-American this season by U.S. Lacrosse, Greenho is The Post and Courier's All-Lowcountry player of the year.
"She was our last line of defense and did an outstanding job this season," said Weiner, whose Class AA team was 12-2 this season, including an 18-3 win over Class AAAA Wando and two overtime losses to the eventual Lower State champion Warriors. "Her athletic ability, her knowledge of the defense is what made her so good and made our defense as good as it was."
Greenho took up lacrosse in earnest as a freshman at Bishop England, and proved a quick learner. By her sophomore year, Weiner said, "She was the best defender I had," and she earned a spot on the South Carolina team in the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament.
In her junior season, Bishop England defeated Wando by 15-13 in the Lower State title game, losing by 15-14 to Class AAAA J.L. Mann in the state title game. This season, the Bishops held Upper State power Fort Mill to three goals in a 15-3 victory and defeated Wando once before losing two games by one goal each to the Warriors in a total of seven overtimes.
As a defender, Greenho did not rack up some of the goal-scoring statistics that attacking players do. But her value to the team was unquestioned, Weiner said.
"This year, we introduced a more complex defense and put her in charge of it," he said. "She captained our defense on the field, telling our players where to be and positioning them during play. Statistics really don't measure what she meant to us."
Greenho had several offers to play college lacrosse at some smaller schools in the South and Midwest, but will attend the University of Southern California to study broadcast journalism.
"The team at Bishop England was such a family," Greenho said. "Everybody was so connected to everyone else, and we all did things together outside the season. Practices and games were so much fun, and I will really miss that."
Greenho was joined on the U.S. Lacrosse All-America team by BE teammate Elena Bosco, who is also on the All-Lowcountry first team. Other Bishops on the All-Lowcountry team are Isabel Burnett, Carolyn Roberts, Taylor Kennington and Taylor Rice.
Lower State champ Wando is represented by Jessie Bunting, Casey Costello, Christian Oliver and coach of the year Jessica Stralkowski. Rounding out the team are Karen Grant of West Ashley and Hunter Leckonby of Academic Magnet, both of whom made last year's team. Leckonby won the Jack Pitts Award from U.S. Lacrosse, awarded to a senior who "truly honors the game of lacrosse."
The All-Lowcountry teams are chosen using All-American, all-state and all-region teams in consultation with area coaches.