TENNERTON — After head coach Jamie Greene’s #1-seeded Buckhannon-Upshur High School Lady Buccaneer lacrosse team (16-1, 12-0 in WVSLA play) won their opening round playoff game with Harrison County, originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th via forfeit. With their spot in the second round ensured, the Lady Bucs and coach Greene’s diligent coaching staff could turn their attention to their two prospective opponents in the next round as they would play the winner of the St. Albans and George Washington teams.
While the Lady Bucs had easily bested both team in the regular season, in a playoff environment, it is always better to air on the safe side, to be prepared and play their best. As it would happen, St. Albans would beat George Washington for the honor of traveling to Tennerton to play an overwhelmingly talented Lady Buccaneer squad. The Lady Bucs set the tone early and kept their foots on the figurative gas pedal and never let up as they thoroughly dominated the Red Dragons from start to finish en route to a 16-1 win to advance to the state championship game.
Coach Greene’s veteran Lady Bucs team was strong in every facet of the game. The Lady Bucs team received a boost from several of its seniors, as senior All-American Miranda Greene led the way offensively, scoring a team-high six goals, while also making her presence known on defense by fielding five ground balls. Senior Kierra Arbogast was electric on offense, netting four goals. Senior Hannah Walton accounted for two points, recording a goal and an assist. Senior Kaylee O’Connor came away with an assist, while also making a marked impact defensively by racking up three ground balls and forcing a turnover. Senior defender Gaidian Adams fielded five ground balls, while forcing a pair of turnovers. Senior Mashae Bowser fielded six ground balls.
A pair of super sophomores also made a notable impact as, sophomore Kendall Defibaugh scored three goals and dished out an assist, while sophomore goalie Emma Corder played the full game tending the net for the coach Greene’s Lady Bucs. Corder was outstanding in the win, stopping five of the Red Dragons’ six shots on goal, ending the game with an 83.3% save percentage and picking up the huge win in the state semi-final.
The final hurdle for the Lady Bucs to overcome lies in the state championship round, with a shot to avenge their lone loss on the 2022 campaign as they are pitted up against the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears this coming Saturday, May 21.