The new Milton-based school made a sensational debut in their first year of competition in 2013, compiling an 18-2 record and qualifying for the Class AAAAA-A state playoffs – where they lost to Starr’s Mill in the first round.
With all of their players returning, the Bears are building on their first-year success with a 9-1 overall record and 1-0 mark in Area 3AAAAAA-A.
“I’m extremely pleased,” Cambridge coach Pam Masinko said. “We didn’t lose anybody from last year, being a new start-up team, so it’s nice to just really nice to move forward from where we left off. The girls worked hard during the offseason and picked up right from where we ended [last season] and continue to fight through.”
For Masinko, Cambridge’s swift rise in girls’ lacrosse is a combination of a strong pool of talent in north Fulton and good team chemistry.
“I think that we’re in a very good area for lacrosse, drawing from Milton and Alpharetta,” Masinko said. “The girls have played for a long time in the youth programs in the Milton area, so that’s helped. The biggest thing I’ve noticed this year is the team chemistry. They all get along, off the field and on the field. That just makes them better when they play. They really have each other’s back. They’ve really bought into the system of everybody having their role to fulfill.”
With everyone back from last year’s inaugural season, Masinko said her team has benefitted from its familiarity with the system she has installed.
“That really helped,” Masinko said. “Last year, everything that I had was brand new to everybody – new drills, new plays, new defense, new way of practice – everything was new to everybody and it was hard. This year, it is quite the opposite. Many times, teams lose half the people and you’re teaching some new players and it was nice this year without everybody new. It really helped they knew the terminology, they knew the drills, they knew the plays. So it was easy to get into the swing of things.”
Cambridge is boosted by the return of its five All-State players from last year – first-team selections Jill Haight, Melissa Birdsell and Taylor Sanna and honorable-mention selectees Kelly Hagerty and Tara MacMillan.