Gazette Preps Peak Performers of the Week: Madeleine Bourgois and Brittney White, Pine Creek girls' lacrosse

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Photo - Pine Creek sophomores Madeline Bourgois and Brittney White are the Peak Performers this week. They scored many goals last week in girls lacrosse. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Pine Creek sophomores Madeline Bourgois and Brittney White are the Peak Performers this week. They scored many goals last week in girls lacrosse. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

The Pine Creek girls' lacrosse team may be young, but don't be mistaken - it's dangerous.

The Eagles are 10-4 entering the final game of the regular season this week, and feature a roster predominantly of sophomores and juniors.

Among those are sophomore scoring machines Brittney White and Madeleine Bourgois. White has tallied 50 goals and 19 assists this season, while Bourgois has 38 and seven.

"We work together really well, and we've grown a lot together," White said. "Madeleine and I used to play together on a club team, and we grew our relationship then."

In three games last week, the duo combined for 23 goals and seven assists. The Eagles have won four in a row, and are one of the hottest teams in the state as the playoffs approach.

Pine Creek made the playoffs last season after a 13-2 campaign, and lost an 11-10 heartbreaker in the first round. This year's team hopes to be the first in program history to win a postseason game.

"We are very excited and are looking forward to going to the playoffs and winning a game this year," Bourgois said. "It would be an honor if we were the first team in program history to win a playoff game, and it would mean all the work we've been doing paid off."

White is the catalyst for the Pine Creek offense, taking the draws and gaining possession. Bourgois is the hard-shooting attacker who causes havoc behind the opposing net.

Add in the Hatchell twins, juniors Kate and Riley, who have a combined 61 goals and 17 assists, and this is one dangerous squad.

"We've tried to get the girls to understand that if we're patient and run our offense, they can all score," coach Roger Wallace said. "We have a cast of characters on this team and it's really a team effort. The coaching staff has some high aspirations for where we want this season to go."

With only three seniors on the roster, this team is just beginning to scratch the surface of its potential, and will be a handful for years to come.

"I knew we'd be good, but wasn't sure if we'd be as strong as we were last year," Bourgois said. "Our seniors really have helped us a lot because most of them play defense, and they're the ones who get us the ball so we can do what we do on the attack side."

White doesn't have to look far during practices or games to find her biggest fan, and sometimes, toughest critic. Her father, Nate, is the assistant coach.

"It's really crazy, and a lot of fun, to play for my dad," she said. "We've grown our relationship stronger the past two years, and I can take the coaching easier now."

With two more seasons left after the current one, White and Bourgois plan on frustrating opponents together for years to come.

"I think it's difficult for other teams to defend us, because we can always score quickly, and I've heard other teams say they have trouble stopping us," White said.

"It really does feel like we're unstoppable once we get on a roll," Bourgois added. "If I'm blocked off from the net, I always look for Brittney to get an assist to her, and she's always looking for me behind the goal."