Ithaca High graduate Lindsay Biondi ended her prep career with one goal, one ground ball, and two momentum-shifting defensive plays in the second half in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday evening.
Her play helped the North team claim an 18-16 win over the South in a game between departing high school seniors.
“The whole experience was pretty unreal,” Biondi said. “It was amazing. Under Armour provided everything for us. The game experience itself was pretty awesome. The game was so intense. It was pretty back-and-forth and the talent was so incredible on the field. It will only get us ready for college.”
The North scored eight straight goals, including the final one from Biondi, midway through the second half to take a 17-11 lead.
On a team with 12 other midfielders, Biondi shifted to defense in the second half. She stopped one of the South attackers 1-on-1 and then forced a turnover with an errant pass from the same attacker.
Christian Brothers Academy (Section 3) midfielder Taylor Poplawski added four goals and one assist for the North. Poplawski will play at Syracuse.
Biondi, who will suit up for 10-time national champion Maryland in college, played on the same field as five of her future teammates, including goalie Emily Kift (Foothill, Calif.). Kift stopped four shots in the second half to propel the North. The North team was coached by former Maryland attacker Alex Aust.
“It was awesome playing with some of my future teammates,” Biondi said. “It was just really cool, because I’ve never seen any of them play. It was cool to just see what we could do and to think about what we might accomplish together. We even took a picture together after the game.”
Biondi led the Little Red (10-4) to a runner-up finish in the Section 4 Class A tournament this past year. She finished her senior season with 72 goals, 23 assists, and 34 ground balls for coach Lyn Reitenbach’s squad. She played her four varsity seasons at Section 1’s Brewster. Biondi garnered All-American honors as a sophomore.