By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- For the past 14 years, Karin Knisely has seen a slow, but progressive growth of girls lacrosse teams in the area.
The fifth-year coach at Mifflinburg, along with her husband and two other families helped formed the Central Susquehanna Lacrosse Club (CSLC) to fill the lacrosse void in the area.
With Warrior Run adding a team this year, it brings the total to six schools offering girls lacrosse.
Mifflinburg enjoyed its first-ever winning season last year.
"I think we have the potential to win the league and the district championship," said Knisely who was the head coach at Lewisburg for five years before taking the Wildcats job. "That's the goal I set forth to the team."
Lewisburg is the two-time defending league champions. Head coach Janelle Groff, a goalie in her high school and college days, is in her sixth year of coaching the Green Dragons and third as head coach.
"There's a lot the goalie has to know about the game from being the leader of the defense to knowing how the attack players are setting up their plays," she said. "You have to be a student of the game."
Lewisburg won its second straight league title last year, but for the second straight year, fell to Midd-West in the District 4 finals.
"We're hoping to be the District 4 champions this year," Groff said. "We have seniors that will have to step up and fill leadership roles."
Sam Landis, a 2008 Warrior Run graduate, along with her mom, Kelly, are sharing the coaching duties for the Defenders first-year team.
Sam Landis played field hockey for Warrior Run while playing lacrosse for Midd-West and Lewisburg. She credits Knisely, for whom she played at Lewisburg, with getting the program going this year.