Hereford lacrosse

Six sets of sisters play, sometimes simultaneously, on Hereford High School's Varsity Lacrosse team. From Top Left : MC and Caitlin Abbott; Jessica and Corey Karwacki; Alyssa and Alex Gianott; Rennie and Hana Tankersley; Emily and Caroline May; and Maria and Brianna Collacchi. (Photo by Noah Scialom / May 13, 2012)

They finish each other's sentences, laugh before one gets to a joke's punch line, cheer extra hard and give honest critiques after a game — all in one big happy family on the Hereford High lacrosse team.

They are six sets of sisters, including two sets of twins, on a team that has posted a 12-3 record and helped the Bulls advance to the Class 3A-2A North Region title game May 16.

Senior twins Jessica and Corey Karwacki, junior twins Caitlin and MC Abbott, senior Alyssa and junior Alex Gianotti, senior Rennie and sophomore Hana Tankersley, senior Bri and freshman Maria Collacchi and junior Caroilne and freshman Emily May are the siblings boosting the Bulls this spring.

"They all get along," Hereford coach Anne Ensor said. "I think when you have that many siblings, it can be great or it can be horrible, but everybody gets along. The only thing I've every heard them discuss is. 'Who is going to drive?'"


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Although none are the team's top scorers — that honor belongs to junior Mac Lange (30 goals, 10 assists) and Jessica Wojciechowski (26 goals, 15 assists), several sisters have been key contributors.

Midfielder Jessica Karwacki leads team with 102 draw controls and twin Corey has chipped in 11 goals and 15 assists. Jessica's ability on the draws against Dulaney was instrumental in a 12-5 rout of the Lions last month.

Caroline May has seven goals and nine assists and Bri Collacchi is tied for the team lead in ground balls with Lange (15 each), while leading in caused turnovers (13).

Collacchi starts on defense with Rennie Tankersley, Emily May and Caitlin Abbott, a group that has combined for 22 caused turnovers.

Beyond the numbers, the siblings say that playing on the same squad has made many magical family memories they will preserve for a lifetime.

Caitlin and MC Abbott

Although MC is the backup goalie, her twin can sympathize with her plight, because she was in a similar role as a sophomore on the varsity field hockey team.

"My sophomore year, I didn't play at all on the field hockey team and she played a ton," Caitlin said. "I was a little upset that I wasn't playing, but I was so proud of her. It made me a better player watching her and seeing what she did."

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, she understands.

"It's hard (not playing), but we're there for each other," Caitlin said.

The girls started together on the junior varsity lacrosse as freshmen, noting in unison, "That was awesome," and moved up to varsity last season together.

"I like her twin telepathy," MC said. "I just like knowing you can trust that person. You don't know exactly what they are going to do, but you do have a good feeling because you have been playing together so long."

"We know each other's habits," Caitlin added.

"We are always driving together and share the same car, so we spend a lot of time together," MC said.

They share a common goal of playing Division I field hockey in college — possibly together.

Jessica and Corey Karwacki