Junior totals 56 goals, 25 assists on season

Amber McCarthy isn’t the biggest and strongest player on the lacrosse field often, maybe not the fastest, but she is always productive.

McCarthy, whose Rams finished the regular season 8-8 after a 9-8 victory over Northside-Jacksonville last week, led the team with 56 goals on the year. Havelock was scheduled to play a first-round playoff contest Wednesday night at Raleigh Millbrook. Details were unavailable at press time.

The junior was not just a goal-scoring threat for Havelock, as she handed out 25 assists as well.

“I just go out there and try to play my hardest every game,” she said. “Hopefully I lead by example and the other girls follow my lead.”

Helping McCarthy out in a big way this year for the Rams were Grace Look (48 goals), Collette Vladimery (34 goals) and Alyssa Tompkins (23 goals).

“We don’t really look to have that one person to take over the ball,” McCarthy said. “We use each other more and work the ball around together.”

Second-year coach Mitch Williams said many of his players improved and grew from a year ago, led by McCarthy.

“Amber as a junior this year, she’s been talented since her freshman year, but this year I think she stepped up and took a bigger leadership role for us,” he said. “We had largely the same team from last year coming back and we set goals to be better.”

That happened, as the Rams went 8-8 and made the playoffs this year after a 2-13 campaign in 2016.

“I think last year, everybody didn’t know what they could do out here,” Williams said. “This year, they learned how to play together and they learned how to win.”

Against Northside, Look had five goals and an assist to lead Havelock, while McCarthy had two goals and two assists. Vladimery had a goal and two assists, while Cassidy Atkinson had Havelock’s other goal.

Paige Hamilton had 10 saves in net for Havelock.