High School Girls

Big Shots: Janine Hillier, Farmingdale (N.Y.)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Western Connecticut State-bound Nicole Perrone has 76 goals this season for the Brookfield (Conn.) girls' lacrosse team.
WHO SHE IS: Janine Hillier played for Farmingdale and helped the Dalers win a New York state championship this season. Her sister, Kim, played lacrosse at Hofstra. Her cousin, Jess Russo, currently plays on the national championship team at Northwestern. Hillier earned a number of honors throughout her high school career and is headed for the new program at Florida, where she’s likely going to be a pre-med major, hoping to be a dentist.
WHAT SHE DID: The senior got what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 10-9 victory over West Genesee in the Class A state semifinal June 12. She scored with 1:38 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. Hillier got the game-winner in overtime, pushing Farmingdale into the finals with four goals and two assists. The Dalers then beat Guilderland, 9-8. That wasn’t easy either. Hillier got the assist on Kyra Ochwat’s goal with nine seconds left and finished with two goals and one assist.
WHY WE NOTICED: Hillier finished her high school career with 164 goals and 143 assists. She was picked as the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 and 2008 New York state title games. She holds the school record for most assists in a season and a career, plus most ground balls per game (4.2) and most game-winning goals (15). A very talented athlete, Hillier also played soccer, basketball and volleyball. She also was a first-team All-Long Island pick this season.   
WHAT SHE SAID: “This was a great way to end my high school career. It’s been a long time since we’ve won a state title. When the horn went off, it was like a sign of relief. That was our goal. That’s what we worked for. It was now or never, and I realized that. We played with a chip on our shoulder and wanted to come out strong every game."
WHAT’S NEXT: The Dalers completed their season undefeated at 17-0, and Hillier is preparing to start college at Florida later this summer.


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Previous "Big Shots" Honorees:

May 27 - Tess Collett, Alta (Utah)
May 27 - Kevin Fritts, Highland Park (Texas)
May 19 - Connor English, Manhasset (N.Y.)
May 19 - Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
May 11- Erin Fowler, Hoggard (N.C.)
May 8 - Yanni Rindler, Wooton (Md.)
May 5 - Carmen Taplin, Hillsboro (Ore.)
May 5 - Drew Claytor, La Quinta (Calif.)
April 27 - Katie Schwarzmann, Century (Md.)
April 27 - Terrence O'Donnell, Lindenhurst (N.Y.)
April 17 - Christian Walsh, Boys' Latin (Md.)
April 16 - Maura Maher, Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic
April 9 - Lauren Natale, Harrison (Ga.)
April 9 - Mike Antinozzi, Fallston (Md.)
April 2 - Haley Sheehan, Great Valley (Pa.)
April 2 - Sam McDaniel, Loyola-Shreveport (La.)
March 26 - Bobby Braun, Coronado (Calif.)
March 26 - Jordyn Cook, Cy-Fair (Texas)