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Lacrosse Programs Off to Historic Start

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Brendan Hout '17 & Vincenzo Brigati '18
6 April 2017

Much is expected from both Girls' and Boys' Lacrosse programs this year. So far, the teams have not disappointed, both defeating DePaul Catholic for the first time in school history.

Alyssa Landi '17 during the 2015-16 season; property of Ms. Demsey Girls' Lacrosse made their mark in a dominant performance against DePaul on March 30th. Coached by Ms. Lori Demsey, the girls stormed out of the gates with a 20-2 win over DePaul. They were led by offensive juggernaut Jennifer Sabbak ’17, who tallied 6 goals in the win. Seniors Alyssa Landi and Ashley Lawson  also contributed 6 and 4 points respectively. Catherine Bennet ’19, Nell Grabowski ’19, Emily Hyde ’19, Natalya Stahl ’17, and Trinity Toerock ’19, were the other point scorers on the day.

This team relies heavily on senior leadership not only to win on the field but to develop the program even further. “I want the younger girls to learn from the seniors. We have a great group of seniors, the younger girls are picking up skills that the seniors have and that will carry on to next year. There will be a lot of teamwork this year,” said Coach Demsey.Jen Sabbak '17 during the 2016-17 season; property of Ms. Dempsey

After several rain postponements, Boys' Lacrosse finally opened their season with an intense 7-6 win over DePaul Catholic, an elite lacrosse program in recent years. This is the first time the Hornet team has  beaten DePaul in school history.

Senior captain, Joe Neville  scored three goals and recorded 2 assists. Steve Luisa ‘17, Jack McGowan ‘17, Matt Basile ‘17, and Brennan Rojas ‘18 all scored one goal apiece. Goalie Matt Mendoza ‘17 recorded 12 saves . The game was tied right up until  Luisa came up clutch, scoring his first goal of the day with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Hornets the lead for good.

“When I first saw DePaul on our schedule I’m not going to lie, I thought it was going to be bad for us. But after watching some film on them and watching our team during scrimmages, I thought it was going to be a competitive game and I had a lot of confidence in my players to pull through in the end with the 'W'," said Head Coach Mr. Anthony O'Hara.

With both lacrosse programs off to good starts, the 2017 season looks like it could be a special one.