Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersCaroline Fitzgerald, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.)
Fitzgerald has been an integral piece for the Mustangs this season. The Mt. Sinai senior has 20 combined points this season. The future Florida Gator is a two-time US Lacrosse All-American.
Gemma Bready, Kearsarge (N.H.)
The Kearsarge midfielder is having an impressive high school lacrosse career. Bready was named to All-New Hampshire in 2012 and was also a US Lacrosse All-American. The senior middie scored the game-winning goal in an 11-10 win over Hopkinton (N.H.) on April 20. Bready is committed to Colby College.
Maura Grady, Pingree School (Mass.)
The 2012 US Lacrosse All-American and the MVP of the Eastern Massachusetts League is primed for a huge senior season. The goalie led Pingree to a 13-5 record last season and made some really tough saves in the process. The future James Madison Duke, stopped 64 percent of shots in 2012. Grady is also the goalie for the field hockey team at Pingree.
Games to Watch
Darien (Conn.) at New Canaan (Conn.) – April 25
Whether it's on the boys or girls side, these two always battle each other regardless of the sport. The girls' game on April 25 will be another chapter in this long-storied rivalry. It will be exciting to watch stars such as Olivia Hompe (Princeton) and Elizabeth Sullivan (Notre Dame) do battle with Jena Fritts (California) and Kristen Gilbert (Cornell). New Canaan is in the Top 10 and Darien wants back in; should be a good one.
Garden City (N.Y.) at Farmingdale (N.Y.) – May 2
One team is nestled in the top spot in the Top 10 rankings, the other is looking to get the top spot back, this one will be a prime Northeast matchup. No. 1 Garden City with a win will further help nail down the top spot. No. 5 Farmingdale will try to prove that the New Canaan loss was a fluke and that the Dalers deserve to be in the Top 5 picture. Keep and eye on stars Amanda Turturro (Rutgers) and Nadine Hadnagy (Maryland) for the Dalers as they do battle with Jackie Jahelka (Adelphi), Lily Schmitt (Johns Hopkins) and Krista Dampman (Lehigh).
1. Garden City (N.Y.), 8-0
The Trojans have found themselves perched atop of the Northeast Top 10 this week after defeating the then No. 2 Manhasset 10-9 in overtime on April 11. Haley O'Hanlon (Colgate) had four goals and an assist in the victory.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 7-1
Even though the Friars suffered an early season loss to Vero Beach (Fla.), St. Anthony's has compiled some impressive out-of-conference wins. Defeating Bryn Mawr (Md.), No. 7 Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) and New Jersey power, Chatham. The Friars have another crucial game on April 27 against national No. 2, St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Va.).
3. Manhasset (N.Y.), 7-1
The Indians took Garden City to overtime, but came up short and the loss drops them in the standings this week. Manhasset still deserves Top 5 status with an 11-8 win over Summit (N.J) and faces St. Stephen's & St. Agnes on April 26. Lindsey Ronbeck has been Manhasset's leading scorer in the past three wins with a total of 12 goals.
4. New Canaan (Conn.), 7-0
Olivia Hompe (Princeton) led New Canaan with five goals and one assist in a win over then No. 1 Farmingdale, 8-7. The Rams jump into the Top 5 this week and faces in-state rival Darien (Conn.) on April 25.
5. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 6-1
The Dalers drop from the top spot this week after losing a nail-biter to New Canaan. Farmingdale had three players with two-goal games in the 8-7 loss. The Dalers look to rebound this week when they face Wantagh (N.Y.) on April 24.
6. West Genesee (N.Y.), 8-0
The Lady Wildcats defeated Pittsford (N.Y.) 8-7 on April 17. In the victory Alia Hildebrandt had a three-goal game. Hannah Elmer leads the team in scoring with 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists). The 2012 Class A State Champs keep rolling this week with games against Penfield (N.Y.) and Baldwinsville (N.Y.).
7. Westwood (Mass.), 7-0
The Wolverines are averaging 18 goals through seven games so far this season. Westwood has not allowed more than six goals in those seven victories. Westwood beat Winchester 19-4 on April 20 after not having much practice leading up to the game. Ella Hazar led the Wolverines with six goals in the win.
8. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 9-0
The Marauders earn their way into the Top 10 this week with impressive wins over former No. 6 Northport and Wantagh. Bay Shore is a complete team running on all cylinders right now. The Marauders are looking to get back into the state title picture. In the last four games Kyra Harney has put up monster numbers with 22 combined points.
9. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), 6-1
The Wildcats suffered their first loss on the season to Sayville (N.Y.) on April 12. SWR will try to avoid being bounced from the Top 10 this week when they face the red-hot Mt. Sinai (7-0) on April 25.
10. Notre Dame Academy (Mass.), 7-1
Notre Dame ran into a buzz saw of a team on April 16, losing 19-9 to St. Anthony's (N.Y.). The Cougars have a date against Westwood on April 30 to try in stay in the Top 10.
News and Notes
Long Island's best take on Virginia's best
On April 26 and 27 the No. 2 team in the country, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.), goes head-to-head with the Farmingdale (N.Y.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.).
The Saints are riding a 17-0 record this season and will try to keep the streak going against New York's best.
The Friars are ranked eighth and the Dalers are 17th in the latest Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25.
Bay Shore is making the case for Top 10 status
The Bay Shore girls' lacrosse team has picked up from where they left off last season — winning. The Marauders, who are the 2012 Long Island and Suffolk County champions, have been making a strong case to be in the Northeast Region Top 10 with an 9-0 record and a recent win over Northport (N.Y.).
Bay Shore is averaging 12 goals a game so far and hasn't allowed opponents to score double-digit points.
"We always have high expectations and the girls work very hard to meet them," said head coach Allison Pfeffer.
Bay Shore went 19-2 in 2012, though the Marauders came up short in the state playoffs, losing to West Genesee 10-9.
The Marauders have huge goals for 2013, and they are to be a NYS Scholar-All Athlete team, Suffolk champions and of course state champions.
"I always stress [that] hard work pays off in the classroom and on the field," said Pfeffer, who has been coaching at Bay Shore alongside her husband, John, since 1991 when the program started.
The Marauders are coming off a huge victory on April 20 when Bay Shore defeated a tough Wantagh (N.Y.) team 11-7. Bay Shore had three players with hat tricks: seniors Kaitlyn Arnold (Fairfield) and Cynthia Delcore (USC) and junior midfielder Kyra Harney (Duke). Goalie Dylan Teitelbaum (Frostburg State) had nine saves.
Other players to keep tabs on this season are senior defenders Perri Baker (Colorado) and Casey Taggart (San Diego State), junior defenders Allie Dolder (Penn State) and Corinne Schmidt (James Madison). Senior midfielder Amanda Voges (Tampa) and junior attackers Kristen Brigagliano (Colgate), Carly Cox (Colorado) and Katie Kirk (Hofstra).
Bay Shore has high expectations in 2013 and looks to continue to have a winning season with huge upcoming games against Suffolk rival Ward Melville (N.Y.) on April 26 and on May 13 against Shoreham Wading River at St. Joseph's College.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.