Girls Varsity Lacrosse ends season with awards, team dinner

While season field play ended with a County Championship and LIC game, the Garden City Girls Varsity Lacrosse team continued with awards and celebrations throughout the month of June.  On Tuesday, June 7th, eleven players attended the Section VIII Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Awards Dinner at Crest Hollow.   Senior captain Meghan Rode, who was an integral part of the team and a mentor despite her injury, was a keynote speaker giving an inspiring speech to a packed room of players, coaches, and parents.

Senior captain Caitlin McNaboe was named a U.S. Lacrosse ALL-AMERICAN along with eight other players from across Section VIII.  “An All-American is a player who exhibits superior skills and techniques and possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge.  A USA Lacrosse All-American is one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship.”   Senior Kasey Prybylski was bestowed the title of USA Lacrosse ALL-ACADEMIC.  “An All-Academic honoree is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.”

In addition to the aforementioned, the following awards were announced:

ALL-COUNTY: senior captain Caitlin McNaboe, junior Marie Cacciabaudo, sophomore Mabel Overbeck, freshman Kyle Finnell

ALL-COUNTY HONORABLE MENTION: senior captain Carla Curth, senior Kristen Hegarty, sophomore Kendal Morris

ALL-CONFERENCE: senior Kasey Prybylski, sophomore Emily Romeo

UNSUNG HERO: senior goalie Amanda Grimes

As is tradition, The Men’s Association once again sponsored the annual Boys Athletic Association/Girls Athletic Association Awards ceremony on Monday, June 13th at the Garden City High School.  Coaches, parents, and faculty were among those in attendance.  Three lacrosse-focused awards were presented by Coach Dave Ettinger and assistant coaches Jane Rogler and Gina Leake.  Senior captain Caitlin McNaboe was bestowed the Patricia Sandford Most Outstanding Lacrosse Player Award.   Senior Kristen Hegarty was given the Donna Walsh  Team Player Lacrosse Award.  And Meghan Rode received the Lois Chapman Dedication Lacrosse Award.

Overall athletic awards were also given to these talented and dedicated athletes:

Maggie Moran: Mike Staab Award in recognition of being the best teammate and going out of her way to make the season enjoyable for everyone.   She also received the G.A.A. Point Award for her participation in athletics with spirit, enthusiasm, attitude, interest and skill.

Kasey Prybylski: Dr. “D” Award in recognition of all around athletic and scholastic ability.

Olivia Cappello: Patrick Ryan Award as recognition of being a student-athlete who volunteers her time for worthwhile activities.

Meghan Rode: Bob Allen Unsung Hero Award, which is given to a member of the Garden City athletic program who has worked extremely hard for the betterment of her team with little outside recognition.

Caitlin McNaboe: captain of both Varsity Soccer and Varsity Lacrosse, Caitlin received the William L. Fuller Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in athletics.

Post-season, Caitlin McNaboe was also named to Newsday’s Girls Lacrosse All Long Island Second Team, which highlights the best players from across the island.

 The celebrations continued as the Garden City Girls Varsity Lacrosse team hosted the first annual year-end dinner at The Garden City Casino on Wednesday, June 15th.  Parents and players joined together to honor an amazing season by very talented lacrosse players.  The captains’ parents gave an introductory toast, followed by heartfelt speeches by the five youth lacrosse coaches for the Class of 2022: Bill Reilly, Kevin Hegarty, Matt Prybylski, Joe Gambino, and Rob Cappello.  After enjoying a delicious meal from Skip Curth’s American Beauty Restaurants and gelato from Enzo’s Pizzeria, the players each stood to express what they loved most and what they would miss most about the team.  Finally, the underclassmen surprised the seniors with the first annual Senior Awards, complete with trophies and endearing speeches for each senior.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 as they continue their journeys in college next year.  Best of luck to the four seniors playing Division 1 Lacrosse next year: Meghan Rode (Syracuse University), Caitlin McNaboe (Marist College), Carla Curth (Binghamton University), and Kristen Hegarty (American University).  And best wishes to the underclassmen as they continue the deep tradition and legacy of Garden City Girls Lacrosse.

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    Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner: (l to r) Coach Dave Ettinger, Assistant Coach Janet Rogler, Marie Cacciabaudo, Emily Romeo, Mabel Overbeck, Kendal Morris, Kristen Hegarty, Kyle Finnell, Kasey Prybylski, Carla Curth, Amanda Grimes, Caitlin McNaboe, and Assistant Coach Gina Leake.

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    Seniors receiving honors at the Coaches Association awards dinner: Caitlin McNaboe, Kristen Hegarty, Kasey Prybylski, Carla Curth, Amanda Grimes, and Meghan Rode

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    G.A.A. Lacrosse Award Winners pictured with Coaches Rogler, Leake and Ettinger: Kristen Hegarty (Team Player), Caitlin McNaboe (Most Outstanding Player), and Meghan Rode (Dedication) Photo credit: Ed Rotondo Photography

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    G.A.A. Award Winners: Kristen Hegarty, Caitlin McNaboe, Olivia Cappello, and Meghan Rode

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    Year-End Team Dinner: Senior Awards presented by the Underclassmen, while the seniors sported their new Girls Lacrosse Alumni Sweatshirts.

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    Maggie Moran posing with her three G.A.A. Awards

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    Kasey Prybylski received the Dr. “D” Award


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