A quick glance through the Centreville girls’ lacrosse team’s stat sheet reveals the Wildcats are enjoying an offensive onslaught this season.
And its courtesy of Reagan Newell.
The forward has 30 goals to in seven games, and when paired with Carly Sane, the duo has made 50 tallies on the year. Centreville has started the season 6-1.
It’s nothing new for a lacrosse player to dominate offensively, but when you scroll over to the “year” section of the roster, the picture becomes clearer.
Newell, a freshman, already ranks among the leading goal scorers in a region filled with talent.
Although she is a “freshman,” her class doesn’t apply to her skill. She’s the product of numerous elite club lacrosse teams in Northern Virginia and Maryland and, according to her father and Centreville coach Brian Newell, she’s been playing since she was 4.
“I’ve been playing at a higher level than most of the girls on this team,” she said. “So [playing in high school] isn’t too hard for me.”
Newell made her first statement in the team’s opening game against Yorktown. Centreville won, 19-6, with Newell providing six goals. In the following game against T.C. Williams, Newell’s five goals helped Centreville to a 17-3 win.
Despite Newell’s talents, the Wildcats are far from a one-woman show. Although she leads the team in scoring, her offensive ability has opened up other players on the field.
Sane, a junior, has been a beneficiary of Newell’s play; she has scored 20 goals. The two just began playing together in the spring, but their instant chemistry suggests they’ve been playing with each other for years.
“Reagan knows how to help everyone on the field,” Sane said. “We try to work together for goals when we can. Even though we just started playing together, it feels like we’ve been playing together for a long time.”
Rounding out Centreville’s top scorers are Hayley Anderson (14), Maggie Dulkerian (13) and Caroline Wakefield (12). The depth of scoring is a testament to Centreville’s strength as a team.
“We’re strong everywhere,” Sane said. “Our midfield is strong, our attack is strong, and our defense and goaltending are strong. We’re just a complete team.”
In addition to Newell, Centreville also features a slew of young talent. Centreville has seven sophomores on varsity, coupled with the team’s two other freshmen, Brynn Doyle and Caroline Wakefield.
“You can’t judge kids based on how old they are,” Sane said. “This sport is still growing, so sometimes the younger kids have been playing for longer than the older kids.”
Centreville’s start to the season also is a return to form for the Wildcats. Years ago, Centreville was one of the best lacrosse schools in the Northern Region, but the team has struggled in recent seasons.
With a surplus of talent on the roster this year, Brian Newell said the team is seeking a return to the top of the region.
“The kids are more dedicated and have higher expectations for themselves,” he said. “There’s a much bigger commitment to lacrosse than there used to be at this school. We have 18 girls who have been playing club lacrosse. That helps a lot.”