Sparrows Point must have taught Brittani LaFollette (Class of 2013) well when she starred on the Pointer field hockey team and was a key member of the girls lacrosse team.
And she’s been using it against her alma mater ever since she graduated from Juniata College (where she also most likely picked up a skill or two), as the head coach of the Perry Hall field hockey and girls lacrosse teams.
As coach of the Gators, Brittani is unbeaten against Sparrows Point in field hockey (3-0) and lacrosse (2-0; although in the first meeting she was the Gators’ assistant coach).
Most recently, Brittani’s Perry Hall squad played at Sparrows Point on Monday. In a tight, dramatic game, the Gators held on for a 13-12 victory.
Brittani became the Perry Hall head girls lacrosse coach when last year’s coach chose to go elsewhere.
Needing an assistant, Brittani contacted another former Pointer: Hailey Jarrard (Class of 2014).
Hailey played lacrosse at CCBC Essex, then finished out her college career at Stevenson. She currently teaches at Sudbrook Elementary, but wouldn’t mind hearing of teaching opportunities in the southeast county area.
Brittani, in addition to being in charge of the Perry Hall field hockey and lacrosse programs, also works for Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.
Their first season together helming the Gator lacrosse team has been rough — the win over Sparrows Point was Perry Hall’s third of the season — but they also must deal with the powerhouse programs of baltimore Couty Division I: Hereford, Towson, Dulaney and Catonsville.
The Gator field hockey team also occupies that uncomfortable level in the county hierarchy: better than most schools, but put in the same division as the best teams.
And while Sparrows Point gets to knock heads with bigger schools and then compete in the Class 1A regional playoffs, Perry Hall has to deal with the Class 4A postseason. And its rough in there.
Meanwhile, Sparrows Point has pretty much owned Perry Hall in girls soccer, beating the Gators in the Baltimore County championship game three of the past four seasons and also winning the regular-season matchup except for 2016).
Maybe Perry Hall should give Brittani a crack at coaching soccer. Sure, she’s never played the game, but its still 10 athletes on a field trying to put a ball in a goal guarded by a goalie ...
(Just kidding. Place the pitchforks and torches on the ground, please.)