High School Girls

March 21, 2012

Northeast Girls' Regional Outlook

by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com

Five Players to Watch

Kate Rich, Westwood (Mass.)
Her sister, Kelly Rich, has already gone on to Northwestern. Kate hopes to continue that famous Division I pipeline out of Westwood to Boston College. She had two goals in the state title game last season, including a dazzling one in which she spun through the defense to score with four seconds left in the first half.

Cortney Fortunato, Northport (N.Y.)
The top recruit in her class posted a team-high 19 goals and 27 points to lead the U.S. U19 team to the gold medal at the FIL World Championship. A Notre Dame commit, Fortunato scored a career-high nine goals to lead Northport to victory over Lakeland Panas and then scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to clinch the Class A state title over Pittsford.

Emily Tripodi, West Genesee (N.Y.)
The attacker was the Central New York Player of the Year with a team-high 87 assists in 2011. A US Lacrosse All-American, Tripodi will play college lacrosse at Cornell.

Alexandra Bruno, Garden City (N.Y.)
The Princeton-bound attacker is ranked No. 6 in her class by ESPN. She's a returning US Lacrosse first-team All-American and second-team All-Long Island pick.

Taylor Bowman, Oswego (N.Y.)
The two-time all-conference goalie and conference championship game MVP has garnered recognition from other coaches in the Northeast and will play at Towson.

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.

Emerging Rivalry

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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