Back to Back!
the term dynasty was adopted so that people might better
describe it. There was a need to differentiate “great,” and
“consistently great.” After two straight state championships
and a third straight appearance in the championship game,
it might be time to start calling the Woodford County High
School Girls Lacrosse team a dynasty.
WCHS has not lost since April 15, 2018. Over that time,
the Lady Jackets have outscored opponents by a margin of
605-153 in their 34 straight wins.
“It’s insane,” Coach Haven Buckner says as a smile
comes over her face. “It’s hard to be undefeated this long.”
Saturday night’s championship win over Lafayette was
yet another dominant performance as Woodford downed the
Generals 14-5. Leading the way were the usual suspects, as
senior leader Abbey Peterson took home MVP honors with
six goals and junior talent Brittany Sherrod poured in four
of her own. The two rank third and first in the nation in total
goals scored this season with 122 and 158, respectively.
“I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my high
school lacrosse season,” Peterson said following her last
appearance in a Woodford uniform. Her performance all
season drew praise from Buckner, who lauded her impact
both on the field and off.
“It’s been awesome being around her. She’s an awesome
person, great kid. Super smart. I think she’s going to excel
next year at Transy. As you can see, she definitely can get
it done on the field.”
The two upperclassman stars weren’t the only ones who
scored Saturday, as sophomores Samantha Stephens (3) and
Avery McFarland (1) found the back of the net as well in a
game that saw plenty of physical play.
Buckner explained, “The game was rough in the first
half. I don’t think any other team would have come through
from that. I think they are a special team and because of their
work, they were able to push through and pull out the win.”
“I think all the girls knew what the goal was coming
in… they actually put in the work to make sure that goal
was accomplished. I think last year our downfall was that
we always had to rely on Abbey and Brittany, but this year,
what motivated them was making the team better,” added
Coach Jeffrey Faulkner.
This was no accident, Peterson pointed out. “Brittany and
I definitely took team improvement as a priority, she said.
“Jeff and Haven helped us help them too, but when you’re
out on the field, it’s just you and the girls so you have to
make sure everyone is getting better… It’s a team effort.”
This commitment to bettering the team was reflected
in the stat sheet as well. Sherrod finished as the national
points leader with 209 by adding 51 assists to her goal
total. “Brittany is definitely a special case. She just melts
into the game. She is the game,” Buckner raved. “She put
in the time and effort. The entire team did.”This team effort was echoed by Samantha Stephens, who
noted that the turning point came during an out of state
trip to Georgia. “Last year we were told that this isn’t the
Abbey and Brittany show and that others needed to step
up, but no one really did. When we went to Georgia over
spring break, we were missing most our starters and our
goalie (Olivia Olivas) and I think at that point everyone
realized that winning isn’t as easy as standing on the side
and watching Abbey and Brittany do everything,” she said.
The driving force of most dynasties is the ability to
continually grow or change while still maintaining the
the very thing that made that team great in the first place.
Consistency without stagnation.
Underclassmen like Avery McFarland and Stephens
are poised to build on their breakout seasons, and Sherrod,
Olivas, and junior Brie Gaines return for their senior
season. The consistency will be there for a possible three-peat