Northeast Girls' Regional Outlook
by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com
Five Players to Watch
Kate Rich, Westwood (Mass.)
Cortney Fortunato, Northport (N.Y.)
Emily Tripodi, West Genesee (N.Y.)
Alexandra Bruno, Garden City (N.Y.)
Taylor Bowman, Oswego (N.Y.)
1. Garden City (N.Y.), 0-0
The Trojans went undefeated (21-0) en route to a Class B state championship. That included two victories over Manhasset, a double-overtime win at St. Anthony's, a 10-goal triumph of Northport and another win over Farmingdale. Garden City returns the core of strong a defense that never allowed more than 11 goals, including juniors Linda Attanasio (Dartmouth), Elizabeth Furman (Holy Cross) and Lily Schmitt (Johns Hopkins). Nine players are committed to Division I schools, including Alexandra Bruno (Princeton) and Catherine Dickinson (Penn).
2. Northport (N.Y.), 0-0
The Tigers scored 20 or more goals in 11 of their first 16 games in 2011. When the scoring slipped late, the defense came up big. Northport's 11-10 victory over Pittsford in overtime in the Class A state final was epic, and star junior Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame) still has two seasons left.
3. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-0
Losses to McDonogh (Md.) and Garden City, the two top teams in the country that combined to go 40-0 in 2011, were St. Anthony's only blemishes. Angela Holloran put the lacrosse world on notice last year with a 10-goal performance against Sacred Heart and an eight-goal performance against St. John the Baptist, and she is joined by fellow juniors Michaela Duranti (Towson), Kasey Behr and Maggie Bill (North Carolina) on ESPN's national watch list.
4. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0
West Genesee was pretty darn good in 2011, so it's kind of scary when head coach Bob Elmer insists "this could be my best returning class ever."
The Wildcats lost just one game last season (to Pittsford) while defeating numerous ranked foes. Among impressive wins was an 18-7 victory over eventual New York Class C champ Christian Brothers Academy.
West Genesee returns All-Americans Kara Dattellas and Emily Tripodi. Dattellas plays strong both ways, while Tripodi was the team's catalyst on offense with 87 assists. Draw specialist Shannon Hawley won about two thirds of her attempts in 2011. Shelby Milne and Madison Huegel lead a stout Wildcats defense.
A two-game road trip in Maryland and a game at Christian Brothers highlight a difficult schedule.
5. Pittsford (N.Y.), 0-0
The Panthers were undefeated before Northport eked them out in the Class A state final. Pittsford's impressive win over West Genesee turned heads, and three wins over Penfield demonstrated the Panthers' hold on Section 5. The graduations of Ali Curwin and Stephanie Spoto could hurt Pittsford.
6. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0
Two of the Indians' losses were to Garden City, the other two were close losses to Farmingdale and Wantagh, which they smothered on the road later in the 2011 campaign. Halle Majorana (Maryland) and Sarah Barcia (Penn) leads an offense that scored in double figures in all but one game.
7. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 1-0
Three-sport star Nadine Hadnagy excels at soccer and basketball, but she might be best on the lacrosse field. She will join former Dalers captain Kelly McPartland at the Maryland next season. Farmingdale lost only to Northport and Garden City in 2011.
The Dalers opened 2012 with a 12-10 win over Wantagh (N.Y.).
8. Hauppauge (N.Y.), 0-0
A dominant win at Ward Melville to start 2011 opened eyes on Long Island. The Eagles went on an undefeated run that ended in the state playoffs against Garden City. Happauge's defense allowed five goals or fewer 12 of its 20 games last season.
9. Westwood (Mass.), 0-0
Will Westwood be as good without 2011 Northeast Player of the Year Sarah Biron, now at Johns Hopkins? Probably not. But this a program that has rebounded from the loss of many star players in the past and has cemented its hold on the state of Massachusetts. The Wolverines return seniors Laura McHoul (New Hampshire) and Kate Rich (Boston College), who were part of an attack that outscored 461-162.
10. Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), 0-0
Taylor Poplawski and Marisa Romeo return to lead a potent attack that scored 20 or more goals in three of the its last six games of 2011, a season that included a four-overtime win over Skaneateles and a Class C state title win over Mt. Sinai.
St. Anthony's (N.Y.) at Garden City (N.Y.), April 28
This matchup has both local and national implications, making it too good to ignore. Located less than a half hour drive from each other on New York's Long Island, Garden City and St. Anthony's are considered two of the top programs in the country, ranking second and third respectively in Lacrosse Magazine's 2011 season-ending rankings. It took the Trojans two overtimes to put away the Friars last season, and now Garden City gets home-field advantage. Whichever school wins this game will have the inside track to being the top-ranked team in the country.
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