Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Girls' Report
by Matt DaSilva | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Samantha Geiersbach, West Babylon
Geiersbach, one of the top playmakers on Long Island and the Eagles' top returning scorer, notched eight goals and three assists in the their 17-16 shootout win over Wantagh in both teams' season opener last Thursday. Geiersbach starred last summer for the Long Island Top Guns team that won the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, qualifying for Lacrosse Magazine's All-Tournament Team.
Notable: Keri McCarthy (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Kaitlyn Montalbano (St. John the Baptist, N.Y.), Tara Wahl (Farmingdale, N.Y.).
Game of the Week
Ward Melville (N.Y.) at Northport (N.Y.) – March 27
For the first time in seven years, the Tigers will take the field without Cortney Fortunato, one of the most decorated players in Long Island girls' lacrosse history who's now a freshman at Notre Dame. Even with Fortunato, Northport has not "made it off the Island" since 2011, when it won a New York Class A state title behind Fortunato and then-senior Shannon Gilroy. The Tigers are receiving votes in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll and could make a statement early by dispatching Ward Melville.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 1-0
The Indians flashed their depth in a season-opening 14-4 win over Plainedge (N.Y.). Manhasset won despite subdued performances by star players Julia Glynn (Harvard) and Natalie Stefan (Penn), who each scored one goal. Lindsey Rondeck (three goals) and Erin Barry (two goals) showed the Indians have plenty of offensive weapons at their disposal.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-0
New coach Summer Ferraro will make her debut Friday when the Friars open against Sacred Heart. Ferraro played at Limestone. St. Anthony's is led by Kasey Behr (Virginia).
3. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 2-0
The Dalers have won eight straight games dating back to last season. They opened 2014 with wins over Sacred Heart (N.Y.) and South Side (N.Y.). Junior Tara Wahl, who has committed to James Madison, scored nine goals combined in the two victories.
4. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 0-0
The Mustangs enter the season on a 20-game winning streak and were picked by coaches as the No. 2 public school team on Long Island. They'll be put to the test Wednesday in their season opener against Huntington, which scored 14 goals each in wins over Syosset (N.Y.) and Sachem North (N.Y.).
5. Garden City (N.Y.), 1-0
Looking to bounce back after seeing its streak of seven straight state championships end in 2013, the Trojans defeated Long Beach (N.Y.) 6-2 and on Wednesday host Cold Spring Harbor — a team that was ranked nationally in the preseason but has fallen with an 0-2 start.
6. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
The Blue Wave enters on a 19-game winning streak and as the defending Class L champion. Its only loss last season was in double overtime against Garden City. Darien opens the season April 9 against Norwalk. Stanford-bound Dillon Schoen, a two-sport star who also excels in soccer, is a returning All-American for the Blue Wave.
7. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 0-0
Duke-bound Kyra Harney has been a varsity starter since seventh grade and is closing in on 300 career goals. Coach Allison Pfeffer and her husband, John Pfeffer, have coached Bay Shore since 1992 and will retire after this season. The Marauders, who have nine players committed to NCAA Division I programs, host North Babylon (N.Y.) in their season opener Tuesday.
8. Notre Dame (Mass.), 0-0
All-American Isaballa O'Connor (Florida) scored 56 goals last season in leading the Cougars to their first Division I state championship. Notre Dame, coached by former Northwestern star Meredith Frank, is riding a 16-game winning streak into its season opener April 1 at Scituate (Mass.)
9. Suffern (N.Y.), 0-0
The Mounties, Class A state semifinalists a year ago, will start the season with four straight games at home.
10. Hauppauge (N.Y.), 1-0
The Eagles knocked off nationally ranked Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) with an 8-7 victory last week. Keri McCarthy (Stony Brook) scored three goals, including the game winner with 4:12 remaining.
2014 Northeast Region Report Archive
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