College lacrosse will be coming to Yorktown, along with several former local stars.
Ohio State (7-1) will be playing Binghamton (4-4) in a regular-season game at Yorktown High School on Friday at 5 p.m.
There will be several familiar faces in the game, chief among them Ohio State’s head coach, Alexis Venechanos. She was a goalie for a Yorktown program that won three consecutive state titles from 1996-98. She played collegiality at Maryland, where she won two national championships and attained first-team All-America honors in her senior season.
According to Yorktown head coach Ellen Mager, the game was originally supposed to be played at Hofstra, but Venechanos was able to move the game to Yorktown as a way to celebrate both the 20-year anniversary of the 1996 title-winning team, as well as the 10-year anniversary of the team that won the 2006 state title.
“Just to bring lacrosse closer to the area for all the high school kids and youth kids, to see a game like this is real exciting,” Mager said.
Venechanos coaches a Buckeyes squad that is currently ranked 17th in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. Ohio State is on a five-game winning streak, with its lone loss on the season coming against eighth-ranked Stanford on Feb. 21.
The Buckeyes are led by Cian Dabrowski (21 goals, eight assists) and Rainey Hodgson (17 goals, 13 assists). Suffern graduate and freshman midfielder Baley Parrott and sophomore attack/midfielder Emalee Mongno, a Yorktown graduate, both come off the bench.
Another Yorktown graduate, senior Katie Frederick, is the team’s starting goalie. She has a 9.14 goals-against average and a .456 save percentage.
Binghamton, of the America East Conference, also features several local players. Junior Caroline Fraylick, a Pleasantville graduate, is one of team’s starting defenders. Yorktown Heights native and Hackley graduate Stefanie Frolo, a sophomore midfielder, has made four appearances off the bench this season. Junior attacker Samantha Karner, a Mahopac graduate, started 11 games last year, but has not played this season due to injury.
Up front, the Bearcats are led by Rebecca Goldman (13 goals, one assist) and Callon Williams (11 goals, three assists).