Women’s Lacrosse 2019 Preview

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In 2018, the women’s lacrosse team defeated rival Yorktown 8-6 in an intense and exciting game to win the section 1 championship title for the first time in five years. The team then went on to win regionals and advanced to the state final four, where they unfortunately came up short in the semi finals against Brighton. This year, the team is back and better than ever returning ten talented starters and numerous skilled newcomers.  

The roster is comprised of 21 total girls: six seniors, including All-American midfielder Cara O’Reilly who will play division 1 at Colgate University next year, All-Section and All-American nominee Holy Cross bound midfielder Jenna Giardina, Academic-All American and All-Section defender Annie Conway who is committed to play division 3 lacrosse at Bates College, All-Section honorable mention attacker Cameron Crawford, defender Amelia D’Urso, committed to Franklin & Pierce University to play division 3 lacrosse, and defender Victoria Percoco.

The junior class is comprised of Charlotte Wilmoth, an All-Section midfielder and All-American nominee who will play at the Ohio State University starting in 2020, All-League defender Julianna Duva, All-League honorable mention goalie, Brianna Garafolo, Kelly Nolan who missed the majority of the last season with a torn ACL, Melina O’Connor, Sydney Phillips, Isabella Giner, Avery Boniface, and Mimi Ellin.

The four sophomores are All-Section honorable mention defender Ashley Schafer, All-League midfielder Mia DiChiara, All-League honorable mention Lily Preis, and Sydney Bieber who is a new defender to the team this year.

The freshmen this year are defender Zoe Eliades and midfielder Caroline Panzier. Of making the varsity team, Eliades says “It’s been exciting. Everyone [was] so welcoming… I am really excited for the season to play with these amazing athletes and hopefully get into the postseason again. I hope to learn all I can from the girls so hopefully I can fill some of the big shoes of the seniors leaving this year.”

Charlotte Wilmoth was the leading goal scorer for the Indians last year with 84 goals including her 100th career goal as just a sophomore. “I’m most excited to be back with my teammates and being able to play lacrosse every day. I’m also excited for sections and states. In the off season, I’ve been working on my stick skills and strength with JP.”

This lacrosse team has a very high chance of winning the section for second year in a row and advancing to states yet again, but as the defending section champs, they will most definitely have a target on their back. They have a very difficult schedule as they play several nationally ranked opponents. Many of their games will be down to the wire, and we can’t wait to cheer them on! Their first game is on Monday, March 25th vs North Salem! See you in the stands!