South River Names Samantha Farrell as New Girls Varsity Lax Head Coach
South River High School athletic director Dave Klingel announced that the school has hired Samantha Farrell as the new varsity girls lacrosse head coach. Farrell comes to South River with a storied playing career. In 2009, she was Player of the Year for the Annapolis Capital as she led the Severna Park Falcons to three state championships under Coach Carin Peterson.
“We are thrilled to have Samantha Farrell join our coaching staff. With her level of experience on the field as well as the talented coaches that have mentored her, we feel like we are getting a terrific asset to the girls lacrosse program at South River High School,” said Klingel.
Farrell attended the University of Florida under coach Amanda O’Leary — in the program’s inaugural year — and was a two-time All American, named 2011, 2012 and 2013 First Team All ALC and 2013 ALC Defender of the Year. Farrell was also a four time Conference Academic All American.
Farrell is completeing her master’s degree at Notre Dame of Maryland in Elementary and Special Education. She hopes to become a teacher in the coming year.
Farrell is also a member of Team STX which is a traveling post graduate all-star team that promotes lacrosse throughout the country.
Kim McNemar, the previous Seahawks coach, departed in early December after five years and a 73-15 record.
McNemar led the team through some memorable experiences. In 2010, they bested Harford County’s C. Milton Wright High School in 2010 (12-10) to nab the state girls lacrosse championship. In 2013, during regular season play, McNemar’s team held a 15-3 record and entered the playoffs as a second seed in the division. They fell in the regional semi-final. In 2012, they posted 13 wins, 4 losses. In 2012, 2011 and 2009, they swept through regionals only to fall to Severna Park in the regional final games.