It’s not really an official thing, but most of this group of seniors on the Stephen Decatur girls lacrosse team won back-to-back-to-back Bayside Conference titles.
In the fall, it was girls soccer against Queen Anne’s.
In the winter, Decatur held on to the South title and then handled Queen Anne’s again at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
But the last was the most important and the best game of all. The Seahawks defeated the Lions once more, 9-7 on Tuesday, avenging last year’s two losses to the Lions.
Hear what this group of seniors had to say after accomplishing the feat with a little background on all the positions they play.
Jillian Petito scores goals in soccer, stops them in lacrosse and dishes assists in hoops. She was ecstatic Tuesday night.
It’s great,” Petito said. “It’s a hard position, but to be able to do that for my team and just try and keep up in the game and for them to come out on top is awesome.”
Ally Beck uses pure speed in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Each coach has always said how important she’s been on every inch of the field or court.
Fittingly, she scored the go-ahead goal and had two defensive stops that sealed Tuesday’s win.
It’s just awesome because we won soccer Bayside, basketball Bayside and now lacrosse — it’s just an awesome group of girls and I’m really excited going into playoffs,” Beck said.
Then there is Payton VanKirk, who is literally in the middle of everything in midfield or as a forward in the paint.
No coach has ever questioned her skill or especially her passion.
“I think that lacrosse is something that — obviously all of our sports at Decatur mean so much — but we have really bonded through lacrosse,” she said. “We happened to play basketball and soccer together, but lacrosse is something that we really have bonded with growing up.”
“It’s a cherry on top of our senior year,” she added.
Blair Yesko is a role player on the court, but a scorer on the lacrosse field. Constantly, circling the cage like a shark, Yesko piled up the goals and assists playing that fruitful position.
She scored the ninth goal that gave the Seahawks a two-goal advantage.
“It’s great,” she said. “We all worked together so hard. We’ve been playing together for 12 years and it means everything to us. That’s three for most of my teammates.”
Each one of the above athletes would say they cannot do it without the other players like senior Jordan Klebe, Payton’s sister Lexie or the rest of the young players who really made their mark on the season.
But no one has had the same role as senior defender Jenna Leitgeb.
Leitgeb hasn’t played a minute all year. The senior tore her ACL during soccer season in October and has worked relentlessly to get on the field, but that hasn’t diminished her presence.
Every practice, every game, Leitgeb has been there.
She was in the celebration circle too when Decatur won the lacrosse title.
In the game program from another game, Leitgeb’s quote or bio reads, “You can’t beat the person who never gives up.”
Leitgeb hasn’t given up and neither has this lacrosse team.
It should be a wild playoff ride.
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