Villa Walsh junior attack and Morristown sophomore midfielder Allie Ferrara were both selected to play for the New Jersey team in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
The Classic is entering its sixth year and will be held from June 30-July 3 at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. Twelve teams of 18 players (sophomore, juniors and seniors) from around the country will compete for three days to see which region will be champion.
According to Holt, her mother received an email back in March inviting her to tryout for the New Jersey team.
“There were 150 girls trying out for the New Jersey regional team and I was accepted,” said Holt, who has been playing organized lacrosse since the third grade. “I’m ecstatic, I can’t believe that I was selected out of everyone. The talent was just unbelievable and I’m honored that I was chosen.”
The Vikings are currently 7-1 while the Colonials are 4-2 and one win away from tying last season’s win total. For both players, the opportunity to compete with so many talented players from around the state is a testiment to how hard they’ve worked at the game of lacrosse.
“I definitely think it’s not only an honor for me but it’s a combination of everyone who has taught me,” Holt said. “So all my coaches from middle school and high school and everyone who’s helped me, it’s a combination of all that.”
There are still five teams that remain perfect two weeks into the season. For the boys, Delbarton sits at 6-0 with win over Ridgewood, Chatham, Seton Hall Prep, Westfield and Mendham. After claiming the Non-Public A crown last season and advancing to the Tournament of Champions final, the Green Wave is looking to take it one step further this season.
But Mountain Lakes could stand in their way. At 5-0 the Lakers have taken down Ramapo, Montclair, Ridgewood, Glen Ridge and Northern Highlands. The Lakers were the Morris County Tournament champions last season, defeating a Kinnelon team that shocked Delbarton in the semifinals.
On Saturday, Delbarton and Mountain Lakes will meet in a matchup of unbeatens at 11 a.m. at Delbarton.
Pequannock and Mount Olive have also started the season on a tear. The Panthers sit atop the Pooley Division at 7-0 while the Marauders are tops in the Klank Division at 6-0. Mount Olive travels to West Orange today at 4 p.m. while Pequannock will face Newton at 4:30 p.m. today.
The Mountain Lakes girls are also enjoying a perfect season so far. After beating Westfield on Thursday, the Lakers head into the weekend at 6-0 and holding steady at the top of the Stars & Stripes North Division. On Saturday Mountain Lakes faces Oak Knoll at noon.
Jefferson is on the rebound this season with a 8-0 record after finishing last year at 3-14. Junior attack Kara Hodapp is leading the team with 17 goals and 16 assists while junior midfielder Danielle Pini has 16 goals and 15 assists. If the Falcons can keep it up, they have a shot at taking the Colonial North Division title.