The 2012 Courier-News All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team

The 2012 Courier-News All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team

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The 2012 Courier-News All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team

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Lindsay Hughes

An All-Skyland Conference selection, the senior attacker was one of the most threatening goal scorers in the state for the state’s third-best team offense by average this spring. Hughes scored 85 goals, placing her within the top 30 in the state, added 39 assists and picked up 34 groundballs. She notched at least five goals on 10 different occasions.

Kristen Mignon

An All-Skyland Conference selection for the past three seasons, the senior attacker put up staggering numbers this spring. The Lafyette-bound Mignon scored 78 goals, dished out five assists and won 31 draw controls for the Cougars. An Academic All-American, Mignon’s 226 goals are a school record and she graduates with 268 career points.

Sam Brown

The senior attacker, an All-Skyland Conference selection, was the most dangerous scorer and complete player for the Somerset County Tournament champions. Brown had a knack for scoring big goals, none bigger than her game-clincher with less then two minutes to play in the SCT final. She finished the season with 72 goals, 45 assists, 68 groundballs, 23 caused turnovers and 35 draw controls.

Kristen Vath

Vath, an All-Skyland Conference selection, went over the 200 career goals mark midway through her junior season this spring. A complete player, she finished the 2012 campaign with 84 goals, handed out 43 assists and picked up 58 ground balls. She scored at least five goals in 10 different games, and scored a staggering eight goals on three occasions.

Kristina Dunphey

An All-Skyland Conferece selection with blazing-fast speed, Dunphey, who is committed to Rutgers, could outrun anyone on the field, taking the ball from coast to coast and placing it in the net. She pumped in 95 goals this spring (19th best in the state) and had 13 assists, 51 groundballs and 37 draw controls. The junior midfielder notched a goal in every game, and scored at least four goals in 18 games.

Emily Damstrom

Damstrom, a rare athlete who excelled in three sports, had the size and speed to dominate on the field for the South Group I winners this spring. She ranked 21st in the state with 89 goals and dished out 15 assists. An All-Skyland Conference selection headed to Villanova to play soccer, Damstrom’s height and strength allowed her to dominate in draw controls, winning many of them with her stick high in the air over the opponent. She had six goals and one assist in to lead the Big Blue in the South Group I title game.

Annie Vreeland

The senior midfielder was one of the best all-around players in the state this season. An All-Skyland Conference selection who could play midfield or attack, the versatile Vreeland scored 73 goals and dished out a team-high 23 assists. While registering at least one point in every game this spring, she notched at least four points in 14 games. She tallied five goals and three assists in the South Group I title game.

Kat Francis

The senior midfielder, an All-Skyland Conference selection, was yet another of the most dangerous scoring threats in the state hailing from the area. She ranked 19th best in the state this spring with 92 goals and added 18 assists. Francis scored her 100th career goal very early in the season. and she averaged a shade over five goals per game.

Ryann Hogan

The junior defender, an All-Skyland Conference selection, was a solid presence in the backfield for the Skillman school. Playing against some of the stiffest competition in the state within the Skyland Conference Delaware Division, the Rutgers-bound Hogan put up some impressive numbers. She led the Cougars in groundballs (48) and caused turnovers with 23. Her 13 draw controls as a defender was a more than formidable number.

Katelyn Neillands

An All-Skyland Conference selection, the junior defender was the backbone of one of the stingiest defenses in Group IV, Somerset County and the Skyland Conference Delaware Division. She scored eight goals and handed out seven assists, but more impressive were here defensive numbers. Neillands scooped up 48 groundballs, had 18 caused turnovers and won 20 draw controls.

Tara Cuddihy

The MVP of the Somerset County Tournament championship, the Ridge senior goalie made 266 saves (second best in the state) while she registering a 59-percent save percentage. Cuddihy made key stops late in games, and stepped up her play down the stretch to preserve several one-goal victories in county and state tournament games. Her aggressive style of play gave Ridge the advantage of having an extra defender on the field.

Joe Martino

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