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Q&A: Severn Girls' Lacrosse Coach Renie Sotiropoulos

March 11, 2015

PressBox: What is the itinerary right now for Severn's girls' lacrosse team leading up to your regular-season opener?

Renie Sotiropoulos: So the first day out was a snow day [Feb. 17], so we didn't have school. So [Feb. 18] became our first day of practice … to which the girls all brought shovels and shoveled our field. 

And then, we tried to work out in the gym a couple days. ... We went to [Athletic Performance Inc.] and got some indoor time, so ordinarily I would have the varsity set by [now]. But that didn't happen. So we're about a week behind. 

[March 7], we have a play day here. Some really good teams are coming. It's pretty much our first look at them live. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes is coming, Good Counsel, Mercy [and Holy Cross]. It's a good mix of teams.

We have a scrimmage here against a team from Richmond, [Va.] -- Collegiate School -- and then [March 14], we are going down to the Cape Henlopen Play Day. Then, the week after that, it's live. So we basically have two play days and a scrimmage.

Every team in our league, they're all the same, and they're all competitive. [The games] could all go either way. And if you don't bring your "A game," the [other team] will. Basically, our league games are all that competitive.

PB: The Lady Admirals' record was 14-5 in 2014. To you, what were the most important highlights of last season? And who were your senior leaders you graduated?

RS: We beat Severna Park. We beat St. Mary's, again. We do very well with our county teams. We beat Spalding in the playoffs. Anytime you play a county team, all of these girls have played together forever. So it's always great competition, and it's also a little bit of bragging rights. We're a small school compared to some of these other schools. So for us, that's kind of a big deal. So those are always highlights. Any county win is a highlight, whether in the league or with a public school.

And then, [we] beat Bryn Mawr, 8-7, you know ... [we] play McDonogh tight twice. I hate to say that a loss is a highlight. But from what I understand, it was great lacrosse to watch -- not so much to coach -- but to watch. I heard it was a pretty good game. It's really good to be able to play at that level with whomever.

My goalkeeper went to Harvard -- Meredith Brown, four-year starter for me. ... Annie Igler, who was one of my leading scorers, went off to Delaware. She's not playing there -- she decided to play club instead. But other than that, it wasn't a lot of starters that graduated.

PB: What do you foresee as Severn's chief strengths when this season begins? Who are some of your most promising players returning, and how do you think they will impact this year's team? 

RS: We're pretty fast. That's a strength. The personality of this team is very laid back, which for some coaches that's a negative. But I know these girls, because a lot of them have been playing for me since they were freshmen. And they play best when they're the happiest. And they're the happiest when they're just goofing around. They've learned what is appropriate at what time in practice. But really more than just about any team I've had in 20 years, they are silly, and they're fun and they like each other. And that's good. Because there are some times, you have a team where the chemistry isn't there. But this group, very different.

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