All-area lacrosse: South Lyon's Burczyk demonstrates her versatility

All-area lacrosse: South Lyon's Burczyk demonstrates her versatility


All-area lacrosse: South Lyon's Burczyk demonstrates her versatility


South Lyon United’s Hannah Burczyk was named All-Area Player of the Year.

South Lyon United’s Hannah Burczyk was named All-Area Player of the Year.

South Lyon United’s Hannah Burczyk proved this season she had an all-around game.

The stats bore it out as the senior midfielder finished with a team-best 67 goals and 45 ground balls to go along with 25 assists, 42 draw controls and seven caused turnovers.

The two-year captain, named girls lacrosse All-Area Player of the Year, also earned all-KLAA, first team Division 1 all-state and U.S. Lacrosse All-America honorable mention honors.

Burczyk is on her way to play next year to play for NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis for coach Jillian Howley.

“Hannah is a fantastic player with some excellent stick skills,” South Lyon coach Aaron Skomial said. “She has been awesome all year for us and helped some of our other players shine at times by sharing the ball. She will do well at Indianapolis and we look forward to seeing her grow as a person and a player in the coming years.”

First team

Audrey Tatge, C-MF


The senior captain, bound for NCAA Division I Stetson (Fla.) University, finished with 38 goals and 15 assists en route to team MVP, all-KLAA and Division 1 honorable mention all-state honors.

“Audrey knows the game inside and out, really understands where to go, what pass to make and was the quarterback of the midfield,” Northville coach Amanda Asher said. “She was the team’s center and truly did it all on the offensive and defensive ends. Audrey was outstanding on draw controls, directing the ball to the midfielders, and often coming up with possession herself.”

Gina Salemi, F


The junior scored a team-best 57 goals while earning all-KLAA and Division 1 honorable mention all-state honors.

Salemi, who is committed to play at NCAA Division 1 school LaSalle (Pa.) University, is also a member of the Israeli Under-19 national team that will play two tournaments later this month in Scotland.

“Gina has incredible change of speed and quickness,” Novi coach Amy Kilgore said. “She has a lethal shot; it’s incredibly hard and deceptive. She’s got a lot of experience, both locally and nationally, as well as internationally.”

Natalie Williams, MF

South Lyon United

The first-year junior captain, who made all-KLAA and second team all-state, paced the team in draw controls (45) and assists (26) to go along with 35 goals, 30 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

“Natalie continues to grow as a player and her lacrosse IQ is growing with each year,” Skomial said. “She has been good for us on the draw and she was a key piece to our offense and transition offense this season. We look to her to return next season and lead the team to more success.”

Grace Guibord, F


The senior attack led the Mustangs with a team-high 53 goals to go along with 13 assists as she earned all-KLAA accolades.

“Grace was never afraid to go to the goal and this is the mind-set you need to have as an attacker,” Asher said. “While Grace was a great goal scorer, she was also second on the team in assists and was great at causing turnovers. Grace was very consistent in her goal-scoring output and could always be counted on for multiple goals each game.”

Amanda Tuckey, D

South Lyon United

The first-time junior captain and all-KLAA pick anchored a defense that allowed just 6.8 goals per match.

Tuckey finished with 36 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers while twice.

“Amanda is a not only a fantastic defender, she’s a leader on our defense,” Skomial said. ‘She was critical to our success by directing our players and it showed in the amount of goals we allowed this season.”

Alanna Clark, MF


The senior racked up 42 goals, while earning Division 1 honorable mention all-state and all-KLAA honors.

“Alanna is steady, athletic and strong leader,” Kilgore said. “The team looks to her and she can set the pace for an entire game. She has exceptional athleticism.”

Emma Dietrich, MF


The sophomore tallied 35 goals and contributed five assists on her way to all-KLAA recognition for the Mustangs.

“Emma only knows one way to play – 100 percent,” Asher said. “She has unbelievable speed, stamina and love for the game. As talented as she is, she is even more coachable and has a great attitude. She was extremely important to Northville’s team’s success through her ability on draw controls and as a great two-way player in the midfield. Emma had some big scoring games this year, but even if she wasn’t scoring goals, she always found ways to impact the game.”

Morgan Statetzny, MF


The senior racked up 49 goals, while earning a spot on the all-KLAA team.

“Morgan is a fiery competitor and she has a great shot and a nose for the goal,” Kilgore said. “She is incredibly hard-working and leads for example. She also had great athleticism.”

Shayla Croteau, D


The senior captain, who will play club lacrosse at Michigan State, was a defensive ace, finishing with 28 ground balls and 10 turnovers while earning all-KLAA honors.

“Shay is really the perfect defender,” Asher said. “She was always in position on the ball – cutting off driving angles, off the ball, always picking up the right assignment – and her teammates could always rely on her to be in the right place. Shay’s ability to stop a fast break is remarkable. She also led the team in interceptions. And when she forced turnovers, she was excellent at pushing the ball to our midfielders with strong passes to trigger the break.”

Caroline Perry, MF

South Lyon United

The sophomore, an all-KLAA selection, paced the team in caused turnovers (19), contributing adding 26 goals, five assists, 38 ground balls and 10 draw controls.

“C.J. is a great young player that plays very hard,” Skomial said. “She had a breakout year on offense and is looking to improve. She is an exciting player for our program. She brings size, speed and a willingness to get better. We see C.J. getting better and being a force on the field for us next season.”

Mariah Smythe, G


The sophomore stood out, leading the Wildcats to a 12-5-1 overall record while making the all-KLAA squad.

“Mariah is fearless in the goal cage,” Kilgore said. “She’s gritty and tough. She’s one of our hardest workers, puts in tons of time and, really, not only for lacrosse, but lacrosse goalkeeping and it really shows through in her the way she approaches the game.”


Player of the Year

Hannah Burczyk, South Lyon United

First team

Audrey Tatge, Northville

Gina Salemi, Novi

Natalie Williams, South Lyon United

Grace Guibord, Northville

Amanda Tuckey, South Lyon United

Alanna Clark, Novi

Emma Dietrich, Northville

Morgan Statetzny, Novi

Shayla Croteau, Northville

C.J. Perry, South Lyon United

Mariah Smythe, Novi

Honorable mention

Northville: Liz Hansell, sr.; Sarah Chase, soph.; Charlotte Beaudoin, fr.; Paige Chapman, sr.; Gabby Goree, sr.; Ally Blough, soph.; Erin Scott, jr.; Brianna Carr, fr.; Novi: Megan Yarberry, sr.; Willow Guenther, jr.; Jenna Mikkelsen, sr.; South Lyon United: Sam Lefevere, sr.; Jordan Paugh, jr.; Huron Valley: McKenna Miesclier, jr.; Jenna Taylor, sr.


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