Even without Robinson, Red Raiders still lead the pack

Even without Robinson, Red Raiders still lead the pack


Even without Robinson, Red Raiders still lead the pack


One positive about having a school that boasts close to 2,000 students is that it makes it easier on coaches to replace athletes when top players graduate. But even with one of the largest enrollments in Section 1, North Rockland coach Vinny Apicella will still have a tough time replacing all-state goalie Shannon Robinson.

Junior Amber Alfonzo runs drills during soccer practice at North Rockland High School, Aug. 19, 2014 in Thiells.

Now a freshman at Stony Brook, Robinson led North Rockland to the state final en route to claiming The Journal News Rockland player of the year honors. Apicella said he has some young keepers vying for the starting position, but has not named anyone through Tuesday.

“That’s a tough fill,” said Apicella, who enters his fourth year at the helm.

In addition to Robinson, the Red Raiders lost defenders Nicole Aylmer and Nicole Landes, but still return a majority of last year’s dynamic 21-1-2 roster.

Fifth-year varsity midfielder Julianna Cabrera will anchor a solid midfield that will include senior Isabel Zayas and junior Taylor Aylmer.

“I think it’s going (to be) hard to start off with,” said Cabrera, who is committed to Loyola for next season, of sorting out the defense. “But, at the end of the day, we’ve got to give confidence to the new and upcoming players that they can also do good.”

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