Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 girls lacrosse all-stars

Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 girls lacrosse all-stars

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Poughkeepsie Journal 2015 girls lacrosse all-stars

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Arlington High School’s Taylor Nyberg was named the Journal’s girls lacrosse Player of the Year.

Arlington High School’s Taylor Nyberg was named the Journal’s girls lacrosse Player of the Year.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Taylor Nyberg

Arlington

Grade: 12

Position: Attack

Vital stats: The Kean-bound senior put up startling numbers, topping the Admirals’ list of offensive and defensive numbers. Nyberg led the team in goals with 57 and assists with 34. She was also the Admirals’ leader in caused turnovers (26) and groundballs (56). With her leadership, the Admirals made it to the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals.

Quotable: “Taylor was unbelievable for us all year,” Arlington coach Dan Schmitt said. “She led the team in almost every major statistical category. She has also developed such a superior understanding of the game that she has become a coach on the field in a lot of ways.

“The only thing more impressive than the goals and assists was her work on the ride this year. She got the ball back on offense in the ride.”

First team

Ciara Burud

School: Red Hook

Grade: 11

Position: Midfield, attack

Vital stats: Helping lead the Raiders to their fifth straight Section 9 Class C title, Burud scored 89 goals and made 15 assists this season. She finished with 105 points, 53 faceoff wins, 21 groundballs and 26 caused turnovers.

Quotable: “Ciara had an outstanding season. Her year-to-year growth has been impressive, as she has improved in most aspects of her game — shot strength and accuracy, movement in the offense, passing, transition with and without the ball, on-ball and off-ball defense,” said Red Hook coach Yvonne Turchetti. “She embraced her role as a leader, both with her play and by helping her teammates elevate their respective games. Ciara makes a big impact in all areas. We’re glad we have her for another year.”

Jenny Caoili

School: Arlington

Grade: 12

Position: Attack

Vital stats: Caoili was one of the Admirals’ leaders, becoming an All-League and All-Section 1 pick. A team captain, she poured in 46 goals and made 30 assists for 76 points. Defensively, she caused nine turnovers, intercepted three passes and scooped up 40 groundballs. Caoili is the program leader in goals scored (170) and points (250) and will continue her lacrosse career at the University of Vermont.

Quotable: “When we step on the field, she has to play against the best defenders everyone has,” Arlington coach Dan Schmitt said. “She’s been our go-to player the last three years. She’s really had to work and she’s done it admirably. Her goal record will stand for quite awhile.”

Cat Gallery

School: Our Lady of Lourdes

Grade: 11

Position: Midfield

Vital stats: In a year that featured Lourdes’ first sectional win, Gallery scored a team-high 49 goals, including the 100th of her career, and made 31 assists. She concluded the season with 81 points and won 90 draws. A team captain, she collected an all-league nod and was an all-section honorable mention.

Quotable: “She’s one of the hardest workers on game day, but more importantly in practice,” Lourdes coach Mike Galantich said. “Cat emerged as a leader this year. She is an intelligent player on the field. She can read situations and put the ball where it needs to be at the right times, as well as take control and score when needed. Her game was well-rounded.”

Liz Halpin

School: Millbrook

Grade: 11

Position: Midfield

Vital stats: In 14 games, Halpin peppered the net 43 times. She scored her 100th career goal and scored at least once in every game the Blazers played. In the Section 9 Class C final against Red Hook, she led her team with three goals.

Quotable: “Liz is an all-around determined player and student. She is always working outside of practice, going to showcases and playing on travel teams to make herself better and to be the best for her team,” Millbrook coach Jillian Cafarchio said. “She takes every draw for us and she is incredible at it. This truly is one of our keys to success, because the draw is just so important to controlling the game. Her shot and ability to get right in front of the net is a strength of hers.”

Jessica Lasaponara

Team: Wappingers

Grade: 11

Position: Midfield

Vital stats: An all-league selection, Lasaponara was the Warriors’ team leader in goals (38) and assists (11). In a game against Arlington that decided the league title on May 8, Lasaponara led Wappingers with two goals scored.

Quotable: “Jessica led the team in the midfield and on defense,” Wappingers coach Kerri McConville said. “She is an intense player that leaves everything on the field. She controlled our midfield, winning draws and putting a lot of pressure on our opponents in the midfield. She is one of those players that plays with heart and leaves everything on the field.”

Maryn Lowell

School: Arlington

Grade: 11

Position: Goalie

Vital stats: Lowell had a .480 save percentage, halting 119 shots in front of the net. She has 398 career saves, making eight stops in the Admirals’ Section 1 Class A quarterfinal win over Wappingers. She was an All-Section 1 choice as well as an all-league honorable mention.

Quotable: “Maryn is the top goaltender in the area,” Schmitt said. “Maryn made some unbelievable saves against All-American Kim Harker in both of our Mahopac games this year, and helped us secure our second league title.”

Marist Parr

School: Red Hook

Grade: 12

Position: Midfield

Vital stats: Parr scored 69 goals and distributed 20 assists, tallying 89 points. On the draw she was key, winning 44 faceoffs, and she dished 13 groundballs. Defensively, she caused nine turnovers. In the Raiders’ Section 9 Class C final win over Millbrook, she notched a hat trick.

Quotable: “Marist is a force. This was her third year at midfield for us, and she just has continued to improve — with her biggest steps coming this season,” Turchetti said. “She is so valuable all over the field that it was challenging to find times to give her rest from the mid position. What impressed me most this year was how she elevated her contributions in the attack, while still maintaining her vast defensive and midfield responsibilities.”

Dana Volk

Team: Wappingers

Grade: 12

Position: Attack

Vital stats: Volk, a captain, an all-league selection and an All-Section 1 Honorable Mention, poured in 29 goals and made eight assists this season. In the Warriors’ Section 1 Class A quarterfinal loss to Arlington, she made three assists.

Quotable: “She’s a team leader on and off the field,” McConville said. “Teams look to shut her down, she’s a dominant left-handed player. Dana is an unselfish player that looks to set her teammates up on the field.”

Shelby Wilcox

School: Red Hook

Grade: 12

Position: Goalie

Vital stats: With a save percentage of .510, Wilcox stopped 115 shots on goal this year. In the Raiders’ Section 9 Class C final win over Millbrook, she made eight saves, including a game-saving stop on a shot taken by Taylor Redl that would have tied the game with under a minute to play.

Quotable: “Shelby was absolutely terrific for us this year. I cannot overstate her value on our field. Her goalie play was solid on the shots she’s expected to save and quite frankly, awesome on tough shots in big games,” Turchetti said. “She was a difference-maker for us, throughout the season, but most especially, in the beginning, when we were giving up way too many shots and in the end, when we were scoring at a slower pace. Additionally, her ability to clear the ball high, enabled quicker transition and fast-break scoring opportunities for us.”

Coach of the Year

Mike Galantich

Team: Our Lady of Lourdes

Vital stats: Galantich led the Warriors to a 6-12 season, but the most important statistic to consider is the number one — as in the first sectional victory in Lourdes’ program history, which came against Croton-Harmon in a Section 1 Class C outbracket game.

Quotable: “In a few short months, Mike had the Lourdes program on a big upswing,” said Red Hook coach Yvonne Turchetti. “The fundamental skills he’s building are translating on the field quickly. Lourdes’ first sectional win is a testimony to Mike’s leadership.”

“Mike took on the challenge of coaching a young program and has helped turn it around in one season,” Arlington coach Dan Schmitt said. “Lourdes won its first sectional game this year and they earned a lot of respect from opponents this season. More importantly, the players at Lourdes have bought into Mike and the program is looking up!”

Honorable mention

Arlington: Caroline Arket, Abby Carlin, Sarah Mogan, Kaitlyn Sbrollini, Lizzie Schlissel

Beacon: Caitlin Sheehan

Highland: Jeanette Bender, Makayla Caso, Savanna Caso, Sam Mazzella, Julia Purdy, Victoria Steele, Molly Wiedeman

Millbrook: Brooke Babbitt, Kaitlyn Daly, Claire Martell, Samantha Szalewicz, Kelly Waters

Our Lady of Lourdes: Bella Clark, Julie Costigan, Danielle Keenan, Emily Mantaro, Grace Rappleyea, Megan Riccardi

Pawling: Shannon Barker, Lauren Matlak, Chelsea Henke

Red Hook: Aleksia Cvijic, Kaleigh DelGiudice, Syr Esposito, Grace Hegstetter, Mia Michaelides, Natalie Ryan

Wappingers: Jade DiCesare, Jenna Fusco, Alexis Nast, Ellie Reck, Nicole Reuter

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