Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Girls' Report
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Brenna Connolly, Wantagh (N.Y.)
Connolly, a senior attack/midfielder, netted the winner with 12 seconds remaining to lead third-seeded Wantagh to an 8-7 win over sixth-seeded Plainedge (N.Y.) in the Section VIII (Nassau County) Class B quarterfinals last week, setting up a semifinal matchup against traditional goliath Garden City. Connolly finished with one goal and five assists for the Warriors. The Florida signee has 48 goals and 26 assists in 15 games this season. Connolly recorded eight goals and two assists in a March 22 win over Massapequa.
Also Notable: Ella Hogan, Mercy (N.Y.); Neena Merola, Corning (N.Y.); Rebecca Van Laeken, Canandaigua (N.Y.); Nicole Copping, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.).
Game of the Week
No. 2 Garden City (N.Y.) vs. No. 3 Wantagh (N.Y.), May 21, Section VIII (Nassau County) Class B semifinals, At Adelphi
Manhasset (N.Y.) and North Shore (N.Y.) will meet in the other semifinal, potentially setting up an epic matchup between the top-ranked Chiefs and Garden City. But before that can happen, the Trojans must get past Wantagh. Garden City escaped with an 8-7 win over the Warriors on April 3. In that game, Tara DeAngelo netted the winner with 3.6 seconds left off a feed from Alexis Leighton to lift Garden City. Nicole Sliwak tied the game at 7-7 with 5:01 left for Wantagh. Going back to 2005, Garden City has won 19 straight games against the Warriors. But could this be the year the Warriors break through? At 11-4, the Warriors have dropped games to West Babylon (N.Y.), Garden City, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), and Manhasset. Wantagh already boasts impressive wins over Farmingdale (N.Y.), North Shore (N.Y.), and Kellenberg (N.Y.).
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 14-1
The top-ranked Indians opened the Section VIII (Nassau County) Class B tournament with an 18-2 win over Calhoun (N.Y.). Lindsey Ronbeck had five goals and one assist to power Manhasset. The Indians will face North Shore (N.Y.) in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday.
2. Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 16-0
The Mustangs, winners of 36 straight, capped their second consecutive undefeated regular season with a 17-4 win over Miller Place (N.Y.). Kasey Mitchell totaled six goals, five draw controls, and three assists in the win. Mount Sinai, the defending Class C state champion, opens play in the Section XI Class C tournament this week.
3. Garden City (N.Y.), 13-3
The Trojans, seeded second, opened the Section VIII (Nassau County) Class B Tournament with a 15-6 win over Long Beach (N.Y.). Katie Muldoon scored four goals in the win. Garden City plays Wantagh (N.Y.) in the semifinals on Wednesday. A potential championship game matchup with Manhasset looms.
4. West Islip (N.Y.), 16-0
The Lions capped a perfect regular season with a 14-8 win over Middle Country (N.Y.). Vanessa Costantino scored five goals with two assists and Riley Hill added four goals and two assists for West Islip. The Lions open play in the Section XI (Suffolk County) Class A tournament this week.
5. Darien (Conn.), 13-2
Coming off a close loss to Suffern (N.Y.), the Blue Wave responded with a pair of easy wins over Staples (Conn.) and Fairfield Warde (Conn.). Emily Stein finished with five goals and one assist and Hollis Perticone added two goals and three assists to lead Darien to a 15-6 win over the Mustangs. Darien closes the regular season with a game against Fairfield Ludlowe.
6. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 12-3
The Friars closed out the regular season with a 19-12 win over St. John the Baptist (N.Y.). Kasey Behr, Izzy Mangan and Kerri Puckhaber each totaled four goals in the win. Behr added two assists and Mangan and Puckhaber each registered an assist.
7. Brighton (N.Y.), 14-2
The Barons closed their regular season with a strong 9-2 win over a talented Irondequoit (N.Y.) team. Lauren Smolensky tallied four goals and one assist and Sara Tulli recorded eight saves for Brighton, which is the top seed in the Section V (Rochester) Class B Tournament. Brighton hosts eighth-seeded Brockport (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals on Monday.
8. Suffern (N.Y.), 13-3
The top-seeded Mounties opened defense of their Section I Class A crown with a 14-10 win over No. 8 Mahopac (N.Y.) on Sunday. Baley Parrott led the Mounties with four goals and one assist. Suffern hosts fourth-seeded North Rockland (N.Y.) in the semifinals on Tuesday.
9. West Genesee (N.Y.), 15-1
Again, it is nearly impossible to separate the top two teams – West Genny and Skaneateles -- in Section III (Syracuse), but the Cougars remain in the regional rankings thanks to an impressive win over Garden City. The Wildcats closed their regular season with an 18-2 win over Oswego (N.Y.). Led by three goals and three assists from Hannah Elmer, 10 different players scored. West Genny begins play in the Section III Class A Tournament this week.
10. Westwood (Mass.), 15-0
Traditional powerhouse Westwood makes its first appearance in the regional rankings this week. The Wolverines are 15-0 and boast wins over Needham (Mass.) (17-1), Medfield (Mass.) (14-2), and Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) (15-2-1). The Wolverines topped defending Division I state champion NDA, 13-9, last week. Leslie Frank coaches Westwood. Frank's daughter Meredith coaches NDA. Brooke Troy scored four goals and Meghan Raskin recorded six saves for the Wolverines. Westwood faces Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) (11-2) and Duxbury (Mass.) (15-2) this week to finish its regular season.
News and Notes
Despite suffering through an uncharacteristic 3-13 regular season, traditional Rochester-area power Canandaigua (N.Y.) got a dose of good news this week when senior goalie Rebecca Van Laeken was named to the Under Armour All-American girls lacrosse team. She is one of just 22 players named to the North squad and one of only two (with Mercy's Ella Hogan) who was selected from Section V. Van Laeken is the first-ever All-American to sign with Canisius.
2014 Northeast Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
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