TENNERTON — While Head Coach Jamie Greene and his 17-2 Lady Buccaneers lacrosse team fell just short of bringing home the state championship, the praise and postseason honors and awards continue to roll in for this talented group of local young ladies. B-UHS was well-represented as in total, eight Lady Bucs players earned some form of All-State recognition after a historic 2022 season. Coach Greene’s team saw three players named to the West Virginia All-State First-Team, another three players named to the All-State Second-Team, and two additional players named as All-State honorable mention selections.
Senior Miranda Greene, one of the most decorated athletes in school history, was named as a first-team All-State attacker after a dazzlingly brilliant senior campaign. After earning U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors as a junior, Greene entered her senior season projected to be one of the state’s top performers and lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon her, pacing the Lady Bucs offense by scoring a team-high 97 goals and dishing out 17 assists, accounting for 114 total points. Defensively, Greene was a menace, collecting 77 ground balls and causing 15 turnovers.
Greene’s senior running mate, midfielder Hannah Walton was the second Lady Buc to be named to the All-State First-Team. Walton was a “jack of all trades” for coach Greene’s Lady Bucs, filling in any role that was deemed necessary for her team to collect the win. Walton’s seemingly limitless utility made her a valuable piece to the Lady Bucs’ championship push. Walton’s senior season was highlighted by 45 scored goals, 12 assists, 38 ground ball collected and 3 turnovers forced, as her leadership and versatility helped her team compiled one of the best records in school history.
Gaidian Adams was the third and final Lady Buccaneer senior to be named to the W. Va. All-State First-Team. Adams was a defensive stalwart for coach Greene’s Lady Buccaneers, consistently alleviating pressure off of the Lady Bucs goalies with her energetic style of play. Adams helped lead the stifling Lady Bucs defense as they rolled through every opponent in their path, aside from the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears. Adams earned first-team All-State honors as a defender after collecting 89 ground balls, causing 16 turnovers. While Adams’ contributions were mostly on the defensive end, she still managed to impact the game offensively as well, managing to score 12 goals and dish out a lone assist, bringing her total number of points accounted for on the year to 13.
Senior midfielder Kierra Arbogast was the first of a second trio of Lady Bucs to be selected to the W. Va. All-State Second-Team. Arbogast put together a well-balance resume in terms of stats, as offensively she netted 26 goals and dished out 3 assists to account for 29 total points, while also collecting 35 ground balls and forcing 12 turnovers on the defensive end.
Both freshman midfielder Kendall Defibaugh and sophomore goalie Haylea Crihfield joined Arbogast on the W. Va. All-State Second-Team. As a freshman, Defibaugh wasted no time becoming another well-rounded, fundamentally sound player that coach Greene could rely on. In her debut season with coach Greene’s Lady Bucs Defibaugh scored 46 goals and dished out 10 assists to account for 56 points, while also making her presence felt on the defensive end by collecting 33 ground balls and forcing 6 turnovers. Meanwhile, Crihfield was the lead goalie for coach Greene’s squad, manning the net for many of the Lady Bucs 17 victories. The young goalie spent an astounding 602 total minutes protecting the net for the Lady Bucs this season, only allowing 56 goals on 145 shots on goal all season long, all the while racking up 89 total saves. Time and time again, Crihfield found herself as the focal of the Lady Bucs highly touted defense, coming up with timely saves game in and game out.
The six Lady Bucs to be named to the W. Va. All-State girl’s lacrosse teams were joined by senior defender Mashae Bowser and sophomore defender Kaylee Black, both of whom earned All-State honorable mention selections. Much like Adams, Bowser was a critical part of the Lady Bucs defensive gameplan. Bowser’s composure under pressure and her willingness to consistently make winning plays that don’t always show up in the stat sheet made her an integral part of the Lady Bucs defensive make-up. Bowser collected 34 ground balls and forced 3 turnovers en route to earning All-State honorable mention honors. Kaylee Black was the third B-UHS defender to be tabbed for All-State honors, after collecting 56 ground balls and forcing 13 turnovers during her senior campaign. Black teamed with Bowser and Adams to form arguable the most talented defensive trio in the state. Black’s physical and tactical play made her an instrumental chess piece that coach Greene could move around the field to slow down opposing offenses.