Hornets News · Coach Spotlight – Darren Pawlowski – Girls Lacrosse

Q: What has been your message to your team with the cancellation of your season?

A: I know the girls want to play and have worked hard in the off season. Our school season may be over but Lacrosse isn’t! I’m working with some of the local SEC coaches to put together some lacrosse games and maybe a round robin tournament once we get an all clear from the COVID-19 stay home order.



Q: What were your team expectations for 2020?

A:The Girls Lacrosse Coaching staff had big expectations for 2020. We have a lot of hard working kids this year and we had our games set how we wanted them. During our first week we saw that the girls would continually push themselves on and off the field and encourage others to do the same in a positive way, and overall started coming together as a team. It’s a bummer that we won’t get to see how this year would have played out because the team had good chemistry. Hopefully we can get a glimpse of this once the stay home order has been lifted.



Q: Please tell us about your seniors – name, position on team, successes they achieved in the short time they participated this season.

A: Andrea Basulto, Midfielder, Andrea started last year as a first year varsity player and by the end of season was a regular Varsity starter that we could rely on in the midfield. She is a high energy and explosive player and that’s how she earned the starter spot. This year she was filling the role of a Senior leader very well and I could tell her teammates really respect her.

Emma Hartley, 1st year player, I had plans of playing her as a Midfielder. She is very athletic and highly motivated to do well. Emma participated in many of the extra preseason activities and was picking up the stick skills needed very fast and showed me she was very coachable. I was excited to see that she decided to join lacrosse and was a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to see her participate in any games. I know that she will do great in her future and I’m glad that I got to see her grow as an athlete.

Zoey Umpstead, Goalie, When we needed a goalie Zoey enthusiastically stepped up to the position to help her teammates. As a goalie it is necessary to be vocal to your defense since the goalie is the one who has a sense of the full field and Zoey did that very well. Then to help our other goalies gain experience, Zoey would also step onto the field as defense. She did everything she could to help her teammates and has always been a team player.

Kayla Wilson, Midfielder (Center). Kayla was our lone Captain this year and did a fantastic job! Her leadership has been consistent during her time as captain her junior and senior year. She helped the coaching staff and our parent board with multiple tasks including organizing a spirit wear order. On the field Kayla is one of our draw control specialists. Although we had Kayla mainly on midfield, she would play any position you asked her to and used some of her hockey skills to succeed on the field. She has always been a team player and included everyone regardless of lacrosse knowledge.



Q: What message do you have for your seniors?

A:I guess we can look at the current situation and say, don’t waste any opportunities and don’t take any for granted. When you have the opportunity to do something that you love, give it all the passion you have. This way you will know that you gave it your best and not have any regrets