YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – Early in Ohio State’s game against Binghamton at Yorktown High School on Friday, Katie Frederick had to be ready.
The Yorktown native, playing in front of her friends and family, had to go up against Binghamton’s Callon Williams in a free position situation.
The senior goalie came up with the save.
It was just like old times for Frederick, who was a two-time all-section goalie for Yorktown before graduating in 2012.
“I never thought that I would have the opportunity to come back with my college team and play where it all started,” she said. “It’s pretty surreal; just to be here, it was a moment I won’t forget.”
Frederick, who made six saves, was one of several locals who returned to their Section 1 stomping grounds in Ohio State’s 10-5 win.
Around 800 people filled the stands and stood along the fences to watch.
“It’s great for Section 1 lacrosse to have a game like this; it’s great for youth, it’s great for high school lacrosse,” said Yorktown girls lacrosse head coach Ellen Mager, who has coached in the program for 22 years. “It’s great to see the game played at a higher level, and to have local kids in the game is a lot of fun.”
Ohio State sophomore midfielder Emalee Mongno, another Yorktown graduate, made her first start of the season and even picked up an assist in the first half.
“I’ve played on this field since I was in third grade, so it was really cool to come back here where it all started,” Mongno said. “It’s my home turf. It’s really nice to be home.”
Freshman midfielder Baley Parrott, a Suffern graduate who was named the Journal News/lohud.com Rockland Player of the Year last season, also got into the game, registering a shot on goal after using her speed to earn a free-position attempt.
“I played against Mongno and Freddie at Yorktown, and coming here brings back all the memories between Suffern and Yorktown,” she said. “I loved high school lacrosse, but it’s really cool to come back as a college player.”
Two locals were featured for Binghamton. Junior defender Caroline Fraylick, a former Pleasantville player, started for the Bearcats and also had a chance to catch up with her former coach, Allison Steinberg.
Sophomore midfielder Stefanie Frolo, a native of Yorktown Heights, was a four-year starter at Hackley and took a couple of draw controls in the game.
A few hours before the game, the team had a catered lunch at Frolo’s house.
“The last time I played on this field was my sophomore year in the sectional finals against Pearl River,” Fraylick said. “It was cool to be back, it brought back some memories, and it was a lot of fun.”
Probably chief among the Section 1 alumni present was Ohio State’s head coach, Alexis Venechanos. A former star goalie at Yorktown before winning all-America honors at Maryland, Venechanos was able to move the game from Hofstra to Yorktown as a way to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Yorktown’s 1996 state title team, a team she was a part of.
“This place has so many special memories, and it got me to be a coach here,” Venechanos said. “I fell in love with the sport at Yorktown, and I was able to go to college and make a career out of it. Everything I owe to my success really started here.”
Ohio State will next play at Hofstra on Sunday, but Venechanos will stick around on Saturday. Yorktown will play its season-opener against Arlington at 12:30 p.m. and will have a ceremony at halftime honoring the 1996 and 2006 state-title-winning teams.
“As a team, we all knew, as much as it is my home or Emalee’s home, it’s Alexis’ home too,” Frederick said. “We wanted to come here and represent her pretty well.”