High School Girls

March 13, 2013

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Mid-Atlantic | Midwest | South | West

Players to watch

Cortney Fortunato, Northport (N.Y.)
The Northport attacker is arguably the best girls high school lacrosse player in the country and she has the resume and hardware to prove it. From being the leading scorer on the gold-medal winning U.S. under-19 women's team in 2011, to being a member of Northport's varsity team since seventh grade, Fortunato will look to cement her legacy in her senior season. The Notre Dame commit enters the 2013 season after a junior year in which she was named a US Lacrosse All-American for the second year in a row.

Olivia Hompe, New Canaan (Conn.)
Hompe guided New Canaan to the CIAC Class M Championship title, scoring nine goals in a 17-9 win over Milton. Hompe was named an All-American in 2012 and is committed to Princeton.

Tess Chandler, Hopkinton (Mass.)
Chandler, who scored her 200th career goal last season, was named US All-American and named to the Tri-Valley League all-star team last season. Chandler is committed to Boston College.

Games to Watch

Farmingdale at St. Anthony's, March 23
What better way to determine if you're the best team in the Northeast region than having the top two teams play each other to start the season. This game should be evenly matched with star power, with Maggie Bill (North Carolina), Jenny Schwalje (Georgetown) and Michaela Duranti (Towson) leading the way for the Friars. Amanda Turturro (Rutgers) and Nadine Hagnagy (Maryland) are on the other side for the Dalers.

Farmingdale at McDonogh (Md.), March 28
The Dalers are going to try and knock off the top team in the nation the past several years. This would be the year for Farmingdale to accomplish the feat since the Dalers are ranked with a Top 10 caliber team. Look for Turturro, Hagnagy and Brenna Weill (Fairfield) to have big games against the Eagles.

1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)

The Friars were flat-out dominant in 2012, with their only loss coming to Maryland power Bryn Mawr. St. Anthony's went 19-1, beating Chatham (N.J.) and Garden City along the way. Look for a breakout season from midfielder Maggie Bill (North Carolina).

2. Farmingdale (N.Y.)

The Dalers feel the sting of blowing a 13-9 lead late in the Long Island Class A final. Nadine Hagnagy (Maryland) will lead them in their quest for redemption. Amanda Turturro (Rutgers), who scored six goals in an upset of Garden City, also returns.

3. Manhasset (N.Y.)

Julia Glynn showcased her scoring ability with three goals against Darien and five against Garden City — as a sophomore. The Indians started slow but won nine of their last 11, including impressive triumphs over Darien, Farmingdale and Garden City.

4. Garden City (N.Y.)

The Trojans lost five of eight in a midseason swoon. But they did play McDonogh (Md.), Bryn Mawr (Md.), St. Anthony's, Farmingdale and Manhasset in that stretch. Their fortitude surfaced in another state title. Garden City is battle-tested.

5. Notre Dame Academy (Mass.)

Great coaching must be genetic. Meredith Frank, daughter of Westwood's Leslie Frank, has built a contender around Alex Dalton (Notre Dame), Julia Simmons (UConn), Mariel Teague (Columbia) and Amelia Brown (Colorado).

6. Northport (N.Y.)

All five of the Tigers' losses were by three goals or fewer against top teams. Senior Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame), the nation's top player who has been on varsity since seventh grade, should help put them on the winning end of those close contests.

7. West Genesee (N.Y.)

After six Class A titles in 11 years, it won't be easy to replace Erica Geremia, Emily Tripodi, Shannon Hawley and Kate Datellas. Though gashed by graduation at midfield, West Genesee did go 20-0 against New York foes.

8. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)

Senior Meredith Bushell (Northwestern) leads the Wildcats, who won their last seven games of 2012, many of which came down to the wire. Impressive victories included those over Mt. Sinai and Christian Brothers Academy, which finished 20-2.

9. Westwood (Mass.)

The Wolverines overcame losses to Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham to win their final 12 games, avenging both en route to the state title. Defender Celia Condrick is the real deal, as she showed in stopping Madison Acton cold turkey in the playoffs.

10. New Canaan (Conn.)

The Rams return Olivia Hompe (Princeton) who chose to play lacrosse over ice hockey in college, as well as Lily Citrin, Bea Eppler and goalie Liz O'Sullivan (Stanford).

News and Notes

Northport looks to erase memory of 2012 season

The Northport Tigers have the star player, they have the veteran-laden team and they have a mission to be untouchable in 2013, the main question is, can the Tigers put it all together?

The Northport girls' lacrosse team remembers an amazing 2011 season with a 20-2 record and winning the New York Class A championship, but in 2012 Northport went the other direction. Northport went 11-5 and ended the season with a tough loss to East Islip in the Suffolk County playoffs. Coach Carol Rose called last year "a big roller coaster," as the Tigers went from their best season ever to one of their worst.

The Tigers though, are looking to redeem themselves in 2013. "They [the team] have been working hard all year long," said Rose. Senior and second-year captain Cortney Fortunato has become a more vocal leader and knows what it takes to be a great team. Fortunato, who has played on the varsity at Northport since seventh grade and has experienced winning, has this year's team ready.

"She has an extremely high lax I.Q., she's bright, talented and is the whole player," said Rose, who is moving Fortunato to the midfield position this season. "She is going to take more of a role on the entire field not just on the attack end of the field. It makes her more versatile and I think she's one of the best athletes in the school, so I think the best athlete should be everywhere on the field."

But Rose, who is entering her 24th season as head coach of the Tigers, is quick to point out that Northport has other key contributors as the entire starting roster is committed to college and stacked with talent. Some players to watch: junior attacker Julia Sarcona (Colorado); senior attackers Allie Breitfeller (Michigan) and Emily Columbus (Bryant); midfielders Fortunato (Notre Dame) and Brooke Gubitosi; defenders Vincenza Patrone, Dorrien Van Dyke (both to Stony Brook) and junior Alexandra Pavinelli (Florida).

Northport opens the 2013 season March 27 against Sachem North, which is the beginning of a competitive schedule that includes Bay Shore, Hauppauge, and Ward Melville.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every other Wednesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Girls' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

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