WEDDINGTON – Weddington girls lacrosse player Meryl Johnson already has one North Carolina record under her belt, and the rising junior is on track to add another record or two before her career with the Warriors is over.
Johnson finished her sophomore season with 40 goals and 67 assists. She broke the North Carolina high school record for assists in a single season, while helping the Warriors make a deep run in the Class 1-4 playoffs.
For her efforts, Johnson is the Union County Weekly Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
“She broke a ton of records,” Weddington coach Annie McGinley said. “She had the most points on the team, assists and goals. She is my quarterback. She has an eye for the game that not many people have. She is amazing.”
Johnson credited her teammates for her being able to break the state single season record for assists.
“It was a very good year, and I had some very good players to throw to,” Johnson said. “These first two seasons have been a good start to my high school career.”
McGinley was in her first season with the Warriors in 2017. She immediately knew Johnson would be an impact player. Johnson had 36 goals and 64 assists in her first season.
“As a freshman, you wouldn’t know she was a freshman,” McGinley said. “She was my quarterback right off the bat. She didn’t hesitate and she played with confidence. She was a standout player from the start. Every coach in the conference knew she was a threat. People noticed, ‘watch out for Meryl.’”
Weddington finished the season with a 15-1 record, including winning the Conference 11 championship with a 6-0 record. Weddington twice beat Charlotte Catholic during the regular season, but the Warriors’ season ended in the fourth round of the playoffs with a 9-6 loss to Catholic. Catholic advanced to the title game where they lost to Cardinal Gibbons.
McGinley, who is 29-6 in two seasons at the helm at Weddington, and Johnson both expect the Warriors to extend the season even deeper in the playoffs next spring.
“I love it that she has two more years,” McGinley said. “I’m super lucky because we had a super young team. We only graduated one senior and we only had three juniors. I am pretty much getting the whole team back and that is exciting. They will know what plays we are going to run, so the teaching aspect will be a little bit behind me.”
Alex Wall (66 goals), Jordyn Case (52 goals) and Kendal Williams (36 goals) also will return. Johnson said she has high expectations for next season.
“We had a good chance to get to the state championship the last two years,” Johnson said. “I think we will have a really good chance next year to get there.”
Johnson already has her sights on playing college lacrosse when her high school career comes to an end.
“I’m looking for a big school with a pretty good lacrosse program,” Johnson said. “It is something that I really want to do.”