2017-04-21 / Sports

Garden City Girls Lacrosse continues to win

Jullia Kaval plays strong defense Jullia Kaval plays strong defense Garden City Girls Varsity Lacrosse team extended its winning streak and is now 9-0 on the season following away spring break wins against two of Massachusetts’ top teams, Needham HS and Longmeadow HS, and perennial CT state champion, Darien HS.

The Garden City Girls High School Varsity squad visited Massachusetts over spring break touring Fenway Park and taking in a Red Sox game before facing off against Needham High School last week. The girls jumped out to a quick lead which they never relinquished. With strong play in goal, along with solid defensive play and an offense that features multiple scoring threats, the girls rolled to a 14-3 victory. GC’s goalies and defense gave up only 3 goals and, once again, a well-balanced offense saw scoring from 7 different players. Senior attack Kelly George (Marist) led offensively with 3 goals and 4 assists, senior captain Celia Concannon (Harvard) and sophomore Liana McDonnell (Stanford) each added 2 goals and 2 assists, senior attack Jackie Brattan (Army/West Point) added 3 goals, senior attack Sarah Kaval (Villanova) tallied 1 goal and 2 assists; sophomore Caitlin Cook contributed 2 goals and junior attack Jen Medjid (Boston College) added 1 goal and 1 assist. Senior captain Devon Heaney (USC), senior Katherine Galzerano (Michigan) and juniors Deanna Weisenburger (Stony Brook) and Catherine Conway (Quinnipiac) all once again played stellar defense repeatedly denying the Needham attack opportunities to get off good shots. In the second half, defenders senior Keeley Scott, junior Julia Kaval, and sophomores Kara Metzler (Holy Cross), Erin Healey and Amanda Cerrato spelled the starting defense and helped hold the Needham team to just one second half goal. Senior captain goalkeeper Kaitlyn Larsson (Loyola) came up with 8 saves and sophomore goalie Emily Gaven and junior goalie Kerry McHugh (Lehigh) each added 1 save. A celebratory team dinner arranged by the captains’ moms and dads followed the game.

Julia Fornasar evades several defenders Julia Fornasar evades several defenders 
GC Varsity Girls and Longmeadow Varsity Girls following GC’s win GC Varsity Girls and Longmeadow Varsity Girls following GC’s win Longmeadow High School, a Massachusetts powerhouse, was next up on the schedule. Once again, the girls took an early lead despite Longmeadow’s speed and gritty play. Jackie Brattan recorded multiple goals early on giving GC another lead which again they never gave up. Strong defensive play by Devon Heaney, Katherine Galzerano, Deanna Weisenburger and Catherine Conway was key to the team’s success along with goalie Kaitlyn Larsson again recording 8 saves and coming up a big save when the team needed her to. GC’s offense turned in a solid performance with 8 girls hitting the back of the cage. Jackie Brattan led the way offensively with 3 goals, sophomores Caitlin Cook and Sarah Mackey (Florida) each added 1 goal and 2 assists, Sarah Kaval and Liana McDonnell each tallied 1 goal and 2 assists, Celia Concannon and Kelly George each added 1 goal and 1 assist, and sophomore Ella Heaney (USC) added 1 goal. Senior Taylor Gladd (Cornell field hockey) and junior Julia Kavan added experience to GC’s second attack line with help from teammates junior Miller Overbeck, sophomore Mary Kate Dolan (Fairfield), and freshmen Julia Fornasar and Julianna Ingrassia. In addition to Larsson’s 8 saves, goalie Emily Gaven added 1 save. The Longmeadow team graciously treated the GC team and their fans to a superb dinner following the game, and the girls then boarded the coach bus for the trip home. Special thanks to The Men’s Association, GC Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation and Old World Quality Corp. for their donations towards making this trip happen.

Sarah Mackey on the draw circle Sarah Mackey on the draw circle There was no time to rest for the GC girls following their big wins against two of the best teams in Massachusetts. The team, under the direction of coach Diane Chapman and assistant coaches Gina Lake and Kerin Boghosian, was on the practice field early the next morning to prepare to play Connecticut’s Darien High School whose lacrosse program has won their state championship for the past five years.

Kerry McHugh makes the save Kerry McHugh makes the save During the Saturday morning game, Garden City quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead only to see Darien almost claw back with a goal in the opening minute of the second half making the score a very close 7- 6 in favor of GC. The Garden City girls then settled in and went on a 9-1 surge for an insurmountable 16-7 edge with less than 10 minutes to play. The game ended with a final score of 17-11 in favor of Garden City.

Garden City dominated the faceoffs, winning about 70 percent, with midfielders Celia Concannon, Caitlin Cook, Liana McDonnell and Sarah Mackey winning the ball on draw after draw. Once again, Garden City showed its balanced attack with four players scoring three or more goals and all seven offensive players recording at least 1 goal each. Of the 17 goals scored by GC, 12 assists were recorded. Jenn Medjid lead the way offensively against Darien scoring 5 goals and adding 2 assists. Cook, Concannon and George each added 5 points with Caitlin Cook contributing 4 goals and 1 assist, Celia Concannon adding 3 goals and 2 assists and Kelly George tallying 1 goal and 4 assists. McDonnel and Kaval each recorded 3 points with Liana McDonnell recording 2 goals and 1 assist, Sarah Kaval adding 1 goal and 2 assists. Jackie Brattan also contributed 1 goal. Kaitlyn Larsson came up big when GC needed it most, again recording 8 saves. Ella Heaney (attack) and Kara Metzler (defense) each made several key plays in Garden City’s big win over Darien.

The team is scheduled to play a nonleague game against West Genesee HS (Tuesday, April 18th) and an in-conference game against Long Beach HS (Wednesday, April 19th) both at Garden City High School. On Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm, the girls will take on Moorestown High School (NJ) at the Gains for Brains Lax Showcase at Cold Spring Harbor HS. Come on out and cheer for the team!

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